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Don Bosco Young at Risk (YAR)

DON BOSCO YOUNG AT RISK (YaR) NETWORK

Inspired by Don Bosco, the Saint of the Streets, the Salesians in India have clearly established themselves as pioneers and path-breakers in bringing new hope to children in difficult situations. Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk (YaR) has its Salesian presence in 75 centres across 19 States and Union Territories reaching out to children on the street - trafficked, abused, abandoned, orphaned, child labourers, school dropouts, juvenile delinquents or children in conflict with the law, young substance abusers, children in war-torn areas, refugee children, children affected by dreaded diseases, and youngsters in other situations of risk in India/South Asia. Annually Don Bosco YaR centres reach out to over 2,00,000 (two lakh) children/youth across our region.

YaR is an organization for reflection, sharing and coordination among those in¬volved in the youth ministry for the Young at Risk in South Asia, to network with like¬ minded persons and organizations on be¬half of YaR, to influence policies related to the Young at Risk at the state, national and international levels. Don Bosco YaR centres provide quality education to thousands of or¬phans and poor children irrespective of their caste and creed, through the 354 street presences, twenty six 24x7 Childline Centres, 100 shelter homes, HIV/AIDS Prevention Centres, 117 children’s homes and youth hos¬tels. Don Bosco YaR partners also impart vocational skills to school dropouts and unemployed youth.

The flagship projects:

1) Homelink (HLK) Network System is a proprietary software to capture information of children at risk across India to assist and restore them to the safety of a home. www.homelink.in

2) Missing ChildSearch (MCS) Network System Project is open to all organizations that serve the unaccompanied youngsters and is part of the Homelink Network. www.childmiss.org

3) Child Friendly Cities Initiative ensures children in the city the right to survival, development, protection and participation as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. www.cfci.dbyarforum.org

4) Juvenile Justice Alliance (JJA) engages as partners with all players and stakeholders across the country towards “building” child-friendly cities across India. Email: jja@dbyarforum.org

5) Migrants Desk builds a network of persons and organizations committed to supporting the rights of migrants where they can access any Don Bosco Institution for urgent services and support

in any emergency.

For further information log on www.dbyarforum.org