Railway Children UK
Getting to street children before the streets get to them
26 years ago, when British Rail Executive David Maidment arrived at a railway station in Mumbai, India, he saw a sight that profoundly changed him and his chosen path of work. A girl child, hawking, was committing violence against herself, flogging herself, when she was unable to collect the money she needed. When he returned to try to find her shortly after, she was nowhere to be found.
The incident of spotting that little girl was a turning point, that led to David Maidment ultimately setting up his own organisation – using the framework and knowledge from those very rail networks he had been working with. Railway Children works to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before any harm, abuse or violence can take place. It works to identify and support children who are away from home and positively change their circumstances. During its 25 years, Railway Children has reached more than 275,000 children in India, the UK and East Africa.
End Violence spoke to Mary Gatama, Programme Manager in Tanzania, and Pete Kent, Programme Development Director about Railway Children’s journey and impact. Read about this End Violence Partner and Together to #ENDviolence Champion organisation.