Balkishan has been working with IGSSS as a peer counselor at the Homeless Citizens Resource Centre (HCRC), Central and New Delhi, from December 2010. Before joining IGSSS, he used to sell little trinkets for children at India Gate. He would work through the day and sleep at the children’s Park near India Gate.

 

Balkishan, who had been afflicted by polio when he was one year old, had been homeless for over three years when he landed in a job with the CityMakers Programme at IGSSS. He was helped by a differently abled beggar in the Connaught Place area, who guided him to a spot in a park at Janpath where he could sleep at night. For three years, he worked at a PCO and had started selling toys when a friend told him about the vacancy at HCRC Central and New Delhi. He started working as a peer counselor. On March 10, 2010, he moved to a hostel at Andhra Bhawan and has been staying there ever since, at a rent of Rs 1,000.

 

He wants to take his class 12th Board Exam and apply for a government job.