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Globally, street-living children are the most fluid population of vulnerable children. They are conspicuous yet subsist on the fringes of the marginalized. This book attempts to sketch a holistic picture of the street child phenomenon across the globe.

The book incorporates empirical data from a cross-cultural study of this phenomenon in three mega cities—Mumbai, Nairobi, and Los Angeles—and some of the best practices developed by faith-based and secular organizations to help street-living children. These data include global estimates, analysis of the causative factors, occupations of these children, as also the resulting problems. The book also gives new insights into the impact of state policies to support secular and faith-based organizations, and the way social service is practiced by such organizations in India, Kenya, and USA.

The authors take the readers through the social construction of the street child phenomenon over the years by weaving socio-political, cultural, and historical perspectives in understanding the circumstances surrounding them.

From Definitional to Real: Global Realities of Street Children
From definitional to real: Global realities of street children

The ever-increasing numbers of street children, the offspring of today's complex urban realities worldwide, represent one of our global family's most serious, urgent and rapidly growing socio-educational challenges. In the last decade, this phenomenon has grown at an alarming rate throughout Asia and Africa (Roux 1996). Street children are among the most physically visible of all children, living and working on the roads and public squares of cities all over the world. Yet paradoxically, they are also among the most ‘invisible’ and, therefore, the hardest to reach with vital services such as education and healthcare, and the most difficult to protect (UNICEF 2006a). Their status and society's attitude ...

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