How it started

HEARTS FOUNDATION began in January 2000 as a response to the vulnerability and neglect of street children found begging and living rough on the platforms of Guntur station. Our focus was on early intervention, re-uniting with families where possible and providing opportunities to improve lives through Education, Health and Vocational Trainings.

HEARTS strengthened its capacity and social awareness by networking with various NGOs (non government organizations) and Forums in India and Overseas particularly the Future In Our Hands International Network. The FIOH movement whose philosophy is to reflect solidarity and empathy by encouraging values such as co-operation, sharing, fellowship, truth and compassion inspired us.

In the last 17 years, it has grown rapidly by building rapport locally with the NGOs, Government, Railway authorities, Police, local community and volunteers. Particularly we are indebted to the valuable support by Miriam van Duuren, Mr. Naseeb Dajani, Mr. Louis Ronan, Kathryn Segesser, Hugh Copeland and Colin Knight.

As well as Street children’s programmes, HEARTS is currently supporting Orphan children in a residential home and Tribal children towards Health and Educational programmes.