One third of the world′s poor are in India. The streets of Kolkata in West Bengal are a place of refuge and a place of danger where street children live, eat, play, sleep and work. There are thousands of unreached, vulnerable and disadvantaged children who work in hazardous and dangerous conditions, from construction workers to rag pickers, forced by poverty, and by exploitative adults into the sex industry, while others turn to petty theft or join gangs for self-protection. Some children choose to live on the streets as an alternative to poverty or violence at home, often falling prey to sexual and financial exploitation. There are thousands of children who are still unreached and at high risk who also have the right to be properly cared for and protected.
VITAL aims to provide basic life necessities to disadvantaged and vulnerable children who suffer from the oppression and injustice of absolute poverty. VITAL supports projects which ensure thousands of children living in extreme poverty gain access to emergency shelter, quality education, healthcare, nutrition, clean water and other emergency and protective services.