Children Reunited is a concerted, organized effort aimed at rescuing, rehabilitating and reuniting runaway children with their families. We firmly believe that children deserve to have their basic human rights met, and that those rights are best protected within their own family homes. At Children Reunited, we seek to prevent children from getting pulled into nefarious activities and work relentlessly to rehabilitate them and bring them back to their families.
Our work starts at railway stations in and around Mumbai, with our trained volunteers scanning for the telltale signs of runaway children among arriving passengers. Our work culminates when we safely return a child to his parents, after both the child and his parents have been sufficiently tended to and counselled.
Innocent young children who take the unthinkable step of running away from their homes do so to escape various forms of psychological, physical or socio-economic duress. They step out of their homes in search of a better tomorrow, but little do they know what awaits them outside. They end up out on the streets, in what are likely far more vulnerable circumstances. To top it off, they no longer have access to food, shelter or the security that comes from having someone to call your own. Everything they once knew has been stripped away from them. In its place, they are left to fend for themselves, fully exposed to all kinds of abuse.
While the future of these boys might appear bleak, at Children Reunited, we choose hope instead. A hope that is not baseless but is backed by our success with over 10,000 runaway children and their families, in turn. Each day, we rise again with the resolve to locate even more of these runaway children and bring them a step closer to reunion.
While our day to day work is targeted at reuniting runaway children with their families, our primary goal extends beyond that. What we are working towards, in effect, is creating a society that is both aware of and respects children’s rights and one where each family does what it takes to keep their children safe and close. Every child deserves to be home and feel loved and supported at all times.
To achieve this overarching goal, we have charted out the following roadmap:
At Children Reunited, we envision children growing up within their home in their own state. We want children to be able to converse in their mother tongue and have the opportunity to celebrate their festivals and traditions together with their community.
Our mission is to locate runaway children, rehabilitate them and finally reunite them with their families. Before reuniting them with their families however, we help them learn a healthier way of relating both to their own selves and to others.
Children Reunited is the brainchild of S Hariharan who is a philanthropist and a successful Mumbai based businessman. He owns a BPO company which has multiple branches all over India and employs thousands of qualified people.
Over three decades ago, Mr. Hariharan was once a runaway child himself and used to wander through railway stations and busy streets looking to survive. Originally from Palakkad, Kerala, Hariharan's case is that of a rags to riches story. Living on the streets had taught Mr. Hariharan serious life lessons and that is what has inspired Mr. Hariharan to establish an NGO named Street Children Foundation which identifies, rescues and rehabilitates runaway children before reuniting them with their families.