Year founded: 2007
Annual outreach: 15,000+
Number of projects
Our projects all focus on two or more of these areas:
Many of the children we work with are street/slum children, former victims of trafficking or abuse, child labourers and children living in the red light areas of Kolkata.
Letter from the Founder
When I first visited Kolkata in September 2006, my heart was captured by the street children. Despite the hopelessness and the poverty which surrounded them, there was so much warmth exuding from these innocent and friendly children.
Upon my return I had a strong feeling that I needed to do something, but like so many I had no idea what I could do. Understanding the magnitude and the scale of the problem we may feel paralysed but the reality of poverty, which takes away dignity, freedom, safety and love from countless children, can be changed.
Since 2007, the beauty of VITAL has always been that it creates an opportunity for everyone around the world to translate that desire to 'do something' into a tangible action. All we need is to look at the truth that, whilst there are millions of street and slum children, there are millions of us who can also help.