Jamghat is a registered NGO that seeks to rehabilitate street children and to raise awareness within society by using the medium of street theatre as well as interactive workshops, night-walks and other social means of communication. Jamghats aims not only to provide the homeless a home, but also to equip them with the tools needed to be an able, independent and responsible member of the society they inhabit. With the aim of being more than just a charity, Jamghat hopes to instill within each one that it works with, that to be good human being is as important as being a successful one.
Once upon a time... 14 boys were living on the streets of Delhi. Though each had a unique story as to how they got there, the similarity between all 14 was that they were ready for a change.
Thus when Amit Sinha approached them with a life changing offer, they accepted and have never returned to the streets since that day in 2003. .
The offer was to leave the streets for some time, join together as an acting team and perform a street play on homelessness for Prince Charles and other visiting dignitaries, as per the request of the funding group Action Aid India And so the story of Jamghat begins.
The play performed for Prince Charles was such a success that Action Aid India funded this newly made group to travel across India and abroad for 3 months, spreading awareness and inspiration.
When the funding ran out and the 3 months finished, the children realized immense changes in themselves. They found confidence, capability, emotional fulfillment and, above all, they found a family. In that moment they refused to return to the streets, believing now that they could survive in a world that was more than the streets they had previously inhabited.
Despite lack of funds, Amit Sinha found a home where they all lived together for the first 4 months. They named themselves JAMGHAT, meaning "a lively gathering".
From this unplanned beginning, Jamghat has grown into a holistic organization that provides education, vocational training, counseling, health care, theatre opportunities, and emotional support to street children.
The founding member of Jamghat, Amit Sinha hails from Bihar. He moved to Delhi thirteen years ago and adopted both its city and some of its street children. During his years at the Delhi University, Amit actively trained himself in theatre. As it would turn out, theatre eventually became his source of activism and livelihood. Amit directed his first street play in 2001, as a result of which his reputation as a fine theatre artist grew by leaps and bounds. Action Aid, a noted NGO, spotted Amit's talent and urged him to direct a play on street children for Prince Charles who was visiting India back in 2003. It was after this experience that Amit decided to start Jamghat, work for the cause of street children and practice theatre for life, a decision he still considers his best.