The couple visited the Salaam Baalak Trust - an Indian non-profit and non-governmental organisation which provides a sensitive and caring environment to street children and working children in Delhi. The organisation described aspires to "nurture their dreams and make them realize that their fate can be crafted by their own heart, their own hands and a firm resolve. Millions of dreams need our help to stay aloft".
More on the charity's history:
More on the charity's history:
'From three staff and 25 children on a balcony of the Ground Reserve Police at the New Delhi railway station more than 25 years ago, we have now grown to over 150 staff, providing support services for over 5,000 children a year in Delhi & the NCR region through our 25 centres. Over the years, Salaam Baalak Trust has successfully worked with over 50000 children; significant numbers have been restored to their families.
We have 2 children who have completed their engineering and one boy who is currently pursuing engineering, 3 who have completed their Masters in Arts programme, 7 who have won scholarships for advanced programmes to American Universities, 30 in an Australian affiliated University, and many more who are pursuing their academic career in schools and colleges across India.'
The Salaam Baalak Trust has 18 centres in the capital city providing full time and short stay facilities to children in need of care and protection. Key services at contact points include providing nutrition, clothing and toilet facilities; education: non-formal, formal and open school, comprehensive medical support, counselling and referral to drug addiction programmes, and creating awareness on children's rights.
The charity's vision is a vitally important one: "To create a nurturing environment that can foster normal physical and mental growth of street and neglected children. To allow them to return to mainstream society and eventually contribute to its development."
The Duchess joined in an arts and craft session.
Kate appeared to draw a picture of Anmer Hall.
Royal reporter Emily Andrews was with the Cambridges this morning and described them as "very engaged with kids, keen to focus on mental health issues and find out what kind of help they get at the drop in centre". Kensington Palace shared a photo from the shelter.
During the visit, Prince William asked the charity's director "What can we do to help". More from The Telegraph:
'The charity's director Sanjoy Roy told the couple about the charity's work. "The boys come here for four hours of lessons and some food every day.
"When they're not here, they're at the railway station," he said. The Duke asked: "Is that dangerous?" Mr Roy replied: "Yes so they try to stick together. The Duke asked: "What can we do to help?" Mr Roy replied: "Spread the word. People think of them as street kids, beggars, thieves but they are just children. "They deserve an education, future and a life. They have a right to a childhood."
If you'd like to find out more about the trust or wish to donate please click here.
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Kate opted for a £50 Red Navy Border Print Maxi Dress by UK brand Glamorous (with thanks to the lovely Eva). The long sleeve dress features a scoop neck, a wide flared skirt and an allover pattern with paisley and floral details. The dress is available for pre-order at Glamorous.
Kate added a navy belt to the dress.
Glamorous have a very similar dress available in White Floral Border Print. The SS16 lace up maxi dress retails for £50.
They also have a £24 tunic in the same print as Kate's dress.
Kate wore the Russell and Bromley Xpresso Crossover Flat shoes (with thanks to the ladies at What Would Kate Do). The £175 shoes are designed in the softest blush toned suede, these feature a delicately pointed toe and are finished with a chic crossover strap.
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Kate accessorised with her £8 Filigree Bead earrings by Accessorize.
This photo offer a good look at Kate's hair.
You can view a video on YouTube.
Next, William and Kate will have lunch with Prime Minister Modi.