Heena, orphaned at a young age, ran away from her abusive sister in Karnataka and came to the city as a 10-year-old. To feed her drug habit, she picked scrap.
The four of them lived a life of dependence and depravity until they were found by Support, a non-profit organisation that helped them give up drugs.
“I have a new lease of life,’’ said Saddam, 17.
“I was my worst enemy. I gave up drugs after joining school,” said 18-year-old Heena.
The children stay at Support’s Santacruz residential facility.
“Our staff urges runaway children to give up drugs and join school,” said Hoshang Irani, trustee.