Siliguri is a city in the West Bengal state of northern India. Siliguri sits at the intersection of several roads leading to Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, and Tibet. Due to its proximity to international borders, the city has become a crowded refugee center.
The city is a commercial hub and transportation center and has several universities, helping attract a younger population. Siliguri has become one of India’s more liberal and cosmopolitan cities and boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the country.
Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas and surrounded by tea plantations, Siliguri is known for its “Three T’s:” tea, timber, and tourism.
“We visited the work among railway children, which the movement has started in multiple cities. Abandoned children by the tens of thousands live at railway stations across India. They usually sleep only 2-3 hours daily due to fear of robbery, rape, and beatings.”
“The Bhojpuri movement has started homes for these children. When they first arrive, most children are so exhausted they spend the first week doing nothing except eating and sleeping. Rescue workers help the children learn to trust and recover from trauma and reunite them with their families. They also help their families get healthy enough to care for the children, or they find them foster homes with families they know.”
“There is a constant stream of children coming through this service. In two children’s homes, we listened with lumps in our throats as the children sang about God’s love in local languages.”