Salaam Baalak Trust was founded in 1988. Its inspiration came from an unlikely source in the form of the award winning film by Mira Nair ‘Salaam Bombay’. This film documented the life of street children and their everyday struggle for survival. The film deeply touched Mira’s mother, Praveen Nair and it was from there that she decided to set up an organisation to support street children. The Trust received the first financial donation from the proceeds of the premiere of Salaam Bombay. In 1989, Praveen moved to Delhi and the organisation began there with 3 staff members and 25 children on the balcony of a police station near New Delhi Railway station. The initial activities included education, health, recreation and issuing ID cards.