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Ganga is a home for abused, runaway and orphaned girls found living on the streets of Jaipur. The home aims to rehabilitate the girls away from begging, child labour and prostitution by giving them protection, love and development possibilities. It was founded in 2001 and houses about 40 girls. In year 2015-16, the home has provided care and proection to 61 girls. Ganga replaced the first girls home ‘Ladli’, which is the name now given to the new vocational centre.

Many of the girls are sexually abused or have been sold into prostitution. Others have lost their parents, beg or are exploited in child labour, such as garbage-sifting. They typically come to I-India through Child Line, or through our outreach staff at the railway station. When possible, and in the best interests of the child, she will be repatriated to her family, otherwise she will be allowed to make Ganga her home for as long as she chooses.

Ganga was designed specifically for the needs of the girls; it is a spacious home in a nice neighbourhood. Most importantly, the home has an atmosphere of warmth and peace and the girls enjoy living there. They are provided with love, shelter, security, nutrition and medical care. They attend a local school and obtain skills training at Ladli, I-India’s vocational centre. The girls also learn social values and get emotional support through counselling. Resident staff live and work at Ganga where they give the girls the focused care and attention that every growing child needs.

The home is located in the Bhankrota suburb of Jaipur, 8 km west of I-India’s office. The staff includes full-time wardens, cooks, teachers, hobby-teachers and a nurse. The building and its maintenance have been funded by Unicef and then by the Embassy of Finland. Presently, the home is exclusively supported by I-Aid, Finland.