AYC Hyderbad
Activities Report 2014
AYC in partnership with IRDS & with Street boys

1989 in partnership with ILO initiated project titled IPEC- International Programme on Elimination of Child Labour, during this project implementation in rural Andhra Pradesh, Some striking remarks came to our mind in 1992, to understand the issues of working children in twin cities of Hyderabad. That’s how we started initiating work with the street boys in twin cities of Hyderabad.

Our first camp in 1992 for the street boys in partnership with National Slum Dwellers Federation Mumbai organized 3 days camp at YMCA Narayanguda, Hyderabad.

Purpose of organizing this camp was to understand the lives of street boys, their strengths & weakness & their daily survival techniques. This 3 days camp gave us an in-depth understanding, their nature of work, nature of earnings, their difficulties faced & overall their coping up mechanisms.

The Major out come of the camp was:

  • The need for establishing a communication network among street boys in twin cities.
  • The need for developing leadership skills among the street boys.
  • Need for overall capacity building towards livelihood empowerment.

IRDS took a decision to do something for these street boys in twin cities, was one of the major decisions taken after the camp.  That is how our partnership with street boys evolved.

The Tidy Progress:

The initial teething problems with a mix of success & failure in mobilizing & making them understand the need for a collective platform. The pet programmes like the regular camps facilitated the bondage for successful collectivization. The vocational trainings, referral trainings, location wise meetings, leadership training etc has paved way for building up their overall capacities & addressing their issues.  The regular dialoguing with the police, Government officials & various service organizations has impacted to reduced stigma discrimination & harassment.  Media print & electronic also played a vital role in sensitizing the society towards treating them as human beings, & up holding their rights.

Participatory Site Assessment (PSA)

To have an update on the street boy’s estimates in twin cities the Participatory Site Assessment has been one of the widely used techniques by involving the primary stakeholders to assess their socio- economic status & the prevalence of street boys in twin cities of Hyderabad.  In the beginning of January-2006 convened a meeting to discus on conducting PSA, 16 boys volunteered to conduct this PSA in twin cities. 
Further decided to focus on 3 aspects

  1. Estimates of street boys in twin cities
  2. Resource Mapping
  3. Desired needs

For the volunteer 2 days training programme on PSA was organized on 17th & 18th January 2006 at VBSS the training programme was divided in to four parts Day-1: Theory & Field, Day-2: Theory & Field.

The theory part of it focused on the need for PSA, establishing a base line and how to collect information from different sources. The field part focused on mock exercise observation & communicating with primary & secondary stakeholders. Two members were made as one team & allocated the geographical sites.

  • Estimated number of street boys in twin cities is 6032
  • The age group ranged from 7-18 years, with majority in the age of 9-18 years.
  • Nature of work Rag picking, Hotel boys, daily labour, petty business, Rickshaw pullers, Beggars, Black tickets selling. Majority of them were eking their livelihood through Rag picking & hotel work
  • Average earnings per day ranged from Rs 25-200.

Majority of them are habituated to smoking / whitener spirit / alcohol / petrol sniffing / tobacco chewing etc.

Resource Mapping:
Resources NGO Services in Hyderabad
Free food availability sites IRDS & VBSS
NGO services Pragathi
Resource persons HCHW
Rags Marketing outlets Reddys foundation
Free health care services Divya disha
Referral & vocational trainings Juvenile Home
Sleeping places Anurag
Job placements Pricilla mission
Self employment Ankuram
Sponsored food, clothing Sidhur
Donations, education, hostel facilities Mont fort
Bathing places Don Bosco
Credit facilities for petty business Child line telephone toll free - 1098
Counseling services  CFCA
Children's Empowerment CRY


Each peer educator is allocated 4-6 locations normally where he goes for his work; each peer educator has to bring in a week 4 new street boys to VBSS. The boys are given counseling and profile is documented.  If the boy is interested to go back home he will be accompanied by the social worker and hand him over to their parents. Up to March 2006 four boys and one girl (brother & sister aged 8 & 10 years) were sent home. Brother and sister were from Doddi Thanda village in Mahboobnagar District. Their parents were quite happy to see their children back after 11 days. One of the boy was from nearby district around 60 Kms from Hyderabad, the other two were from the coastal Andhra Pradesh.


Each peer educator has to conduct one hour meeting in their respective locations once in a month. Social worker will be present during the meeting.  The objective is to make aware of VBSS an organization of street boys and issue them the identity cards, and invite them to VBSS.   This type of meetings also keeps the rapport alive and during the camps children are invited to participate from different locations.

In their monthly review each peer educator makes a presentation on how many friends he has made, if any difficulties faced and the services accessed. This has brought in a sort of competition among the peers to make more friends and bring them to VBSS.

Three of our VBSS boys have successfully completed their training on printer hardware repairing and servicing under the guidance of Mr. Ramesh who was a street boy, currently looking out for placement.  Recently Mr. Ramesh got married and leading an independent family life

A three days camp was organized in the victory play grounds in Hyderabad.  From 15th to 17th March 2006. Around 320 boys participated and enjoyed the camp. The major highlights of the camp, two medical Doctors and two counselors from IRDS team organized one day health checkup for all the boys and given free medicines that needed.  There were many cases referred to government hospitals.

Sports and games competitions were held and prizes were given out.
Three movies of their choice were screened through the LCD.
Group discussions were held and the following were the output

  • Once in three months the respective location leaders or seniors to meet at VBSS to discuss on the various issues and progress made.
  • Explore on scope for self employment / petty business with increased outreach
  • Yearly once educational tour outside Hyderabad
  • To meet all the NGOs who are extending services for the street kids.

A half a day session during the camp was facilitated by an NGO PRAGATHI  on prevention of HIV/AIDs.  Boys were quite attentive as the subject was quite interesting like sex & sexuality, the reproductive system, procreation, the transmission modes of infections and the need for prevention and immediate treatment for the sexually transmitted infections.  Flash cards were used as educational aids with pictorial explanation.

Every day one police officer was invited to interact with the street boys.  It was quite exciting for them to shake hands and talk to the police. All of them have reassured to support them for their well being.

Challenges Ahead:

After VBSS is being elevated to a status where the challenge is to consolidate & sustain the movement.

Our Future Agenda

As a self-regulatory body VBSS to be positioned as one of the resource organization in twin cities for delivering quality services for the street boys.  To accomplish this status the legal entity gaps like auditing their financial matters, registering with the income tax authorities for exemption, registering with FCRA department.  This will enable VBSS to establish linkages & convergence with Government and Private sectors. 

The increased number of orphan & vulnerable children especially due to HIV/AIDS is becoming a concern.

Documentation & dissemination of best practices needs to be strengthened and addressing their desired needs 

Possible Elimination by 2016

As per the International Labour Organization (ILO) child labour is on the decline for the first time across the globe and if the downswing continues it will be possible to eliminate the surge over the next 10 years.  The reduction in child labour is due to increased political will, awareness and concrete action, particularly in the field of poverty reduction and mass education that has led to a world wide movement against child labor.


The actual number of child laborers world wide fell by 11 percent between 2000 and 2004, from 246 million to 218 million.  What’s more, the number of children and youth aged 5-17 trapped in hazardous work decreased by 26 percent, to reach 126 million in 2004 as opposed to 171 million in the previous estimate.  Among younger child laborers aged 5-14, this drop was even more pronounced at 33 percent, says the report.

International programme on the Elimination of Child Labour.  ILO thorough its IPECL is currently helping 86 countries including initial partner countries India, Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, Turkey and Thailand.  The IPECL programmes assists in building national capacity to deal with child labor and providing policy advice.

So far, 150 National Child Labour Programmes have been launched in India with the help of IPECL to provide educational and other rehabilitation services to children withdrawn from hazardous industries.  The programme is supplemented by a budgetary allocation of $131 million by the government during the 10th Five- Year plan 2002-07 to cover 250 districts out of total of 601 during the plan period.

Challenges Ahead:  The report highlights important challenges, particularly in agriculture, where seven out of 10 child labourers work, some at five years of age.  Other challenges include addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS on child labour, and building stronger links between child labour and youth employment concerns.  According to the report Latin America and the decline in child labour over the four-year period.  The number of children at work in the region has fallen tow-thirds during that time, with just five percent of children now engaged in work.  The Asia and Pacific region also registered a significant decline in the number of economically active children.


Japan -


Bangladesh humayunjsc@yahoo.com

Chennai – India -


Nepal -

recphec@infoclub.com.np rssstuladhar@yahoo.com

Hyderabad – India -

gcs.sanjeev@gmail.com aychyd1@gmail.com naomineha@gmail.com

Thailand -

Mumbai – India - aycmumbai@gmail.com Pakistan - patiala501@yahoo.com pafsnet@yahoo.com
Kolkatta – India - rheabanerjee23@gmail.com

Canada -


Srilanka - naleentharanga@gmail.com sarvoshanthi@slnet.lk    

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