Balaknama is a newspaper in Delhi which gives street children there a voice. It is researched, written and edited by street children, and operates under the umbrella of CHETNA (Childhood Enhancement Through Training and Action).
CHETNA is a local grassroots organisation with an extensive range of activities. We have known about it for some time, and in December 2016, Gordon visited their offices in Delhi and met a past editor, who had ‘retired’ at the age of 18 and is now at college.
SSSK is pleased to be able to support Balaknama with an annual donation of £500, and we mention the amount at the specific request of CHETNA.
The range of activities undertaken by CHETNA is described in CHETNA Annual Report 2016-17 and CHETNA-Annual-Report_2017-18 have many positive outcomes for street-connected children both in Delhi and elsewhere. There is a well presented overview of CHETNA’s review of their achievements during the past five years 2020 CHETNA Strategic Plan 15-20