The book incorporates empirical data from a cross-cultural study of this phenomenon in three mega cities-Mumbai, Nairobi and Los Angeles-and some of the best practices developed by faith-based and secular organizations to help street-living children. These data include global estimates, analysis of the causative factors, occupations of these children, as also the resulting problems. The book also gives new insights into the impact of state policies to support secular and faith-based organizations, and the way social service is practised by such organizations in India, Kenya and USA.
The authors take the readers through the social construction of the street child phenomenon over the years by weaving socio-political, cultural and historical perspectives in understanding the circumstances surrounding them.
|Street Children Conceptualized: The Problem with the Definition|
|From Definitional to Real: Global Realities of Street Children|
|Street Children in the Big City: The Case of Los Angeles, Mumbai and Nairobi|
|Public Private Partnership: Empirical Review of Involvement of Faith Based and Secular Organizations|
|Street Children in the USA, India and Kenya: Policies and Programmes|
|Global Initiatives for Street Children: Efforts by the UNICEF and ILO in the USA, India and Keny|
|Similarities and Diversities: Services for Street-living Children across the Three Cities|
|Evidence Based Interventions at the Global Level|