Life on the street is fraught with great risks. Often children on the street, both girls and boys, become victims of various forms of abuse - physical, emotional and sexual. In addition, their economic independence and exposure to drugs and promiscuous relationships makes them highly susceptible to HIV infection.

To respond to this need, Initiator Human Development Foundation has started an awareness and prevention programme targeting children between the ages of 10-18 years. The rationale for this is that the risk of being abused either heterosexually or homosexually is higher at a younger age, while the curiosity about sex and the desire to explore starts early thus leading to an earlier age of exposure. Thus IHDF intervenes to provide relevant information on issues surrounding sexuality, health and relationships thus assisting in the process of a normal and healthy growth.

Aims and objectives:

  • To provide awareness among the children about HIV/AIDS
  • To positively affect attitudes relating to the opposite sex
  • To provide factual information on physical, emotional and sexual growth and development
  • To prevent the spread of the virus.
Target group: Street Children in the city.
Age group: below 18 years
Services rendered: Counseling, health care, awareness programmes, training of peer educators, etc.

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Our mission & vision

  • Our mission

    To enhance the quality of life for all members of the society, especially those who are poor, suffering, or are otherwise disadvantaged. To invest in today's children --the leaders of tomorrow-- through knowledge and character-building MERI HELPLIINE and guidance for them, their parents and their communities.