One of the best ways to protect children from dangers like trafficking, child labor, and early marriage is to educate them, keeping them in school rather than on the streets. In India, World Vision's drop-in centers are designed to do just that: opening the door to mainstream schools.
Here are the stories of two children – Naina, 7, and Ankit, 6 – who found their way into formal education through these drop-in centers.
Life was not easy for Naina and her family. Naina’s father traded her and her siblings for a new life and new family in Delhi. Abandoned and left to take care of six children, Naina’s mother, Shoba Devi, had nowhere to go except for her parent’s home in the slum settlements of Patna.
With survival being their priority, Shoba started working as a casual laborer. Her children’s education didn’t take precedence in Naina’s home. Naina was free to run her life and do what she wanted.