UPDATE MARCH, 2015. After a year in a paid work apprentice program, Suraj was pressured by family into returning to the slums. Get the full update at. http://mydreamsofindia.blogspot.in/20... His story still sadly represents millions of India’s children.
This link will put you in direct contact with the slum. This is not an endorsement and please research to your own satisfaction. Thank you to all who helped this past year. http://www.tong-len.org/index.php
UPDATE: Its almost 4 years since this video was posted... Sadly, when filming this video, Saraj knew the reality of his future and this world and human nature. I ran into to him yesterday doing exactly what he said would be his future. The worst is 1/4 million views here .... all the useless good wishes, empty promises, and prayers... no one... actually acted and that is the saddest statement on us.... We failed.
Please read this whole notice on this video - To those asking about sponsoring Raj: We filmed this on our visit in Jan. 2010.
We are currently working with out contacts to locate him and also determine a proper NGO working in the region to handle your support. Again... latest information as of April 4, 2014 http://mydreamsofindia.blogspot.in/20...
We are happy to go back on your behalf if you want to sponsor the trip. Serious inquiries for any part of this effort can be emailed to us directly with INDIA in your subject line. firstname.lastname@example.org
In India, between 17 million and 60 million children survive alone on India's urban streets.
While we were having a chai on the roof at a Tibetan restaurant in Mcleod Ganj, 11-year old Saraj walked up to us with an outstretched hand and introduced himself.
We listened to his story for a while and asked if we could interview him so others could hear it.
This amazing young man of the streets speaks 4 languages and is brilliant well beyond his years.
You will hear in this video both hope and you will hear that there is no hope.