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In most villages in south India, children are used to graze goats and rear ducks, while parents look for work during the day. These children are left on their own throughout the day and are easily led into bad habits. There is a high prevalence of teen marriages and early pregnancy. Most of these children have never been to a school or received any form of education.










A gudugudupandi or a soothsayer, is all of 12 years. He wears a bright yellow head-dress, red shirt over a white dhoti and a dozen chains of rudrakasha beads of various sizes - as also amulets and occult aids like animal tooth and a rattle. His forehead is smeared with vermilion and ash. He carries a four-inch-long palm scroll, bound by thread, which he opens out and offers to read your future.
It is common for soothsayers to induct children into the business at a tender age instead of making them go to school. The families feel that people pay more if children are sent  for soothsaying. Suicide rate is high among child sooth Sayers.


Children are used extensively in the Bricklins of South India as they are considered to be more effective due to their small size. This is a seasonal industry that recruits children during peak summer. Exploitation is high as children are forced to work hard for long hours in the hot sun.


Children in urban slums with a single parent or guardian are usually forced to drop out of school and find jobs. Most of these children end up as domestic helpers, rag pickers, helpers in mechanic shops or sometimes even beggars. Disease and mal nutrition is prevalent and the involvement in crime is high.

Our Solution


Shabnam Resources works closely with
Ind US Child Labour Programme, International Labour Organisation and the Tamil Nadu government in the rescue and rehabilitation of children used as labourers in and around Chennai. Shabnam sets up Transitional Educational Centers for children of migrant workers to help the children get a feel of mainstream education before they are formally inducted into a regular school. Since most of the children have never been to a school the teachers face a daunting task in getting the kids to sit in class for a length of time. Cash incentives are given to encourage them to attend the classes regularly. The Transitional School admits children between 4 and 14 years. After 2 years they are helped to get admission into a government run school where they will receive formal education. Parents of these children are helped to get permanent work with the help of the collectorate. Since many of the migrant workers hail from North India, the need for hindi speaking teachers is great.


We operate a Foster Care center for children from broken home situations in Chennai city.
The center offers after school care that includes education following the play way method and a nutritious snack. On weekends the children are treated to a sumptuous mid day meal, snacks and innovative activities that enrich their young minds. They are often taken on field trips where they are taught valuable lessons on a first hand basis.

The children are taught principles of cleanliness, awareness on substance abuse, moral studies etc. Most of the children become moral ambassadors positively impacting their environment and homes.
Shabnam's foster care center currently operates out of a rented facility.



This photo has a long story behind it. It was found in a random study in our state that out of 1000 elderly people, 737 are uncared for or abused. Now imagine the status of 20 million elderly. Yes we do have strong laws and a few care centers. But most of the elderly are forced to take employment for food and clothing and shelter and they sometimes face the wrath of uncaring, drunken sons or daughters who try to exploit them. Many times the elders starve for lack of food and are forced to discontinue their medication. We are planning to introduce a cheap fashion jewellery unit, where the elderly can just sit and do small work for couple of hours and have a decent lunch. The proceeds of the sale of these less priced jewellery would go towards this cause. We are also planning to hire the best designer for these jewelery who has special training from Italy. What we need is a small capital to run the unit. If anybody wishes to donate, your donations are tax deductible. The bright side of the story in the photo is somebody invited our elders, providing them with good clothing which they are attired in and some gifts and food for the wedding of their daughter.


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Want to help?

You may send in your donations by cheque or Demand Draft favouring 'Shabnam Resources' to Shabnam Resources, (REGD. Charitable Non Profit Trust) Old # 5 New #13 , Buddha Street, Rangarajapuram Chennai 600 024 India.
Phone: +91 44 2472 1379

When you send a gift to Shabnam you are making an investment in the lives of needy children and we take that very seriously. We stand accountable before you and God to honor that investment.


 Rs.500.00 - will  provide one nutritious meal for a child for a week.

Rs.2000.00 - a sumptuous meal of pulao rice, chicken/rich vegetable curry, vegetable raitha and dessert for 30 children. 

Rs.4000.00 -a sumptuous meal of pulao rice, chicken
/rich vegetable
curry, vegetable raitha and dessert for 30 children on Saturday and Sunday.


Rs.1000.00 - provides an education kit for a child. Includes shoes, note books, pencils, pens, crayons and a bag.

Rs.500.00 - provides a bedding kit for a child or elderly person.



One of the self sustaining initiatives of Shabam Resources is the promotion of hand painted/crafted cards designed and created by our own children. Aptly named TUPA (The underpriveleged angels) a box of  10 TUPA cards may be purchased for Rs.500 plus shipping & handling. Greet your loved ones with a Shabnam card and provide a safe environment for an abused child.

For further details email mrhubert72@yahoo.com

Shabnam Resources, (REGD. Charitable Non Profit Trust) Old # 5 New # 13, Buddha Street, Rangarajapuram Chennai 600 024 India. Phone: +91 44  2472 1379