The volunteers are students, graduates, local business people and professionals. For a few hours the street children can forget about their efforts to survive and just be children. The volunteers also use these sessions to talk to the children, create bonds, provide counselling, and first aid. If they find a child with serious problems or issues, they try and find a shelter or hostel they can refer them to.
Lucio who set up Potho Shishu Sheba which means ‘serving street children’ ‘the organisation does not want any money’ The organisation wants donations of essential items such as medical supplies, stationary, hygiene bags and toiletries to enable them to continue their work. The organisation also need more volunteers enable them to increase the number of location and sessions provided each week.
We had the privilege of joining Lucio, Sifaat and their gang on one of their street sessions in Kawan Bazaar. This is a densely populated food market area near Tezgaon railway Station and surrounded by slums and street dwellers.