The Sharanam Centre (Sanskrit meaning to take refuge, a source of help, relief and support in times of need) is a safe and nurturing family like home with the capacity to house 30 girls from the streets and slums of Mumbai, India. Located in Dharavi, the largest slum in Asia, the Centre acts as a shelter that rescues underprivileged girls from lives of poverty, ill health, abuse and sexual exploitation. The Sharanam Centre is a positive environment in which to rehabilitate and reintegrate the forgotten girl child.
The Sharanam Centre is a joint project of the Community Outreach Programme (CORP) and Dasra, both based out of Mumbai India.
In the year 2000, after CORP’s eight years of direct field experience with street children and by the initiative of Dasra founder, the Sharanam Centre was established to address the need for a girls’ shelter. Under the guidance of CORP’s child development expertise and along with the support of Dasra’s NGO management services the Sharanam Centre was founded and continues to flourish.
These two not for profit organizations continue to work together to improve the Sharanam Centre and are continuously using their expertise to help make the Sharanam Centre a successful and replicable model.
Today, we are proud to say that the Centre has 28 girls between the ages of four and sixteen, all of whom are enrolled in school, receiving proper medical care and participating in a variety of recreational and extra-curricular activities.