Balaknama: The Street Children’s Newsroom


Balaknama: The Street Children’s Newsroom

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eventeen-year-old Shambhu is your average street kid. He washes cars and works shifts as a waiter by night. By day, he goes to a school run by an NGO. But there is one little special part to his day that differentiates him from the million other street kids in India – Shambu is a news reporter and editor-in-chief for Balaknama, India’s only newspaper published by street children.

Balaknama is unlike any other newspaper you will ever read. It does not involve itself with politics or popular stars. Instead, it highlights issues faced by street children in Delhi, Noida, Agra, and Lucknow. The stories are decided by the editorial team of 14 children, including Shambu, at their office rented by Chetna, a non-profit organisation, in the poor neighbourhood of Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi.