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The Road Ahead...

What we have completed so far, to us, is like an immediate response to emergency situations and we don't really categorize this as core impact. Having build our capacity to respond strongly and with greater influence, next phase of our work is going to be extremely critical for us. 

We do not want to be running this intervention forever. Idea and aim is to make this work people driven. While programs are designed to provide the specific support required, deeper focus is towards building the capacities of people to challenge the systems themselves and fight for their natural rights. Koshish is going to intensify its community work in the next phase of work. While we have strong intervention in the custodial institutions, our work with the destitute population on the streets is still limited. While we will continue with our intervention in Beggar's Home to protect people from getting criminalized, we will develop a strong community program, focussing especially around children, to create a holistic program that is capable of responding to the long term needs of people while addressing the immediate threats.

We also intend to engage with judiciary on a more regular basis and seek its support in getting rid of anti-human legislation.

One key area of focus in the next phase, apart from the Community Based Program, Policy Formulation and Law Reform, will be to bring broader intersectoral linkages of different laws and government departments. We will attempt towards getting this Committee constituted by the government where the responsibilities for the poor people can be shared and sustainable support be provided. The rehabilitation of the destitute population will become much more stable if certain departments within the government like Health, Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, SC/ST Welfare Boards, Education, Labour etc can work in coordination.

Students, volunteers and Interns have played a significant role in the growth of the program. As we have acquired stability in terms of organization structures now, we are now looking forward to have a full fledged program with student/ volunteers/ interns. We are all set to expand our 'Youth Engagement Program' where we will create opportunities and ways for the youth from colleges and Universities to engage with our program and experience how people struggle to make their ends meet but still get discriminated and  labelled. It is extremely important for our young generation to experience and understand what is happening to the poor people in this country. Unfortunately, poor person makes a good scapegoat for most of our policy flaws and institutional, structural deficiencies. We want the youth to understand the facts of street life. This will be an effective way of not only ensuring that they get rid of their prejudices and biases against the poor but also develop into more caring and concerned citizens. This progrma will be the fulfillment of our commitment of building youth that has strong sense of justice and fairness.

We realize that it is not going to be easy but having come this far, deriving the strength from the people we work for, we are confidant of achieving it certainly. Looking at how optimist and hopeful are the people of streets, we can only feel strengthened. These are the people whose rights are violated every day, who are abused and exploited but still they are determined and keep the hope for better future. We can only learn from them and continue with our small little efforts.

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