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Drop-in centers (DICs) are the most common established approach to provide holistic development for street Children (Nath et al2016. Child Abuse & Neglect, 122-131). The BUDS DICs provide non-formal education, nutrition, mid-day meals, primary health care prevention from violence & abuse, recreational activities, sports, and vocational training. The DICs are strategically located near railway stations and commercial locations with large groups of migrants and marginalized populations. Children use the program from 9-5pm, where they are free to come and go as they wish.

The DICs are managed by medical social workers, remedial education teachers, community outreach workers, paramedical workers and are often visited by pediatricians. BUDS operates 4 DICs for underprivileged children in large slum areas of Mori Gate, Red Fort and Sarai Kale Khan-Nizamuddin, New Delhi. These communities are composed of almost 1,500,000 migrant populations each. Moreover, they are prone to cigarette, ganja (marijuana) and charas (a mild narcotic) abuse. Another form of popular substance misuse is inhaling toluene eraser ‘fumes’ (Seth et al 2005, Substance use and misuse 40, 1659-1679). Many of the children aged above 10 years are involved in sexual activities. The prevalence of Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) among children is high, and they have an elevated risk of contracting HIV. The adolescent girls are subject to high prevalence of sexual violence and exploitation

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