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Street Wise. | by Neil. Moralee
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Street Wise.

Boys, living on the street, they have many jobs to do — pick-pocketing, begging, working on fruit stall, cleaning cars, shoe shining and selling rubbish. Doing these jobs, they can earn more than 200 rupees per day."


That's about $4.50, a lot of money in a country where about 80 percent of the population lives on less than $2 a day.


But there's a catch, Street children have no place to keep the money they earn where it won't be stolen — by adults, by bigger kids, and sometimes by corrupt police. They have to spend everything they earn every day.


More than 300,000 are believed to live on the streets of New Delhi. Some estimates put the total number of street children in India as high as 18 million. Government programs don't reach many such children because they don't have documents and are invisible to the system.

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Taken on January 25, 2011