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Charities ride the Slumdog wave

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Charities ride Slumdog wave

By Kaye Wiggins, Third Sector Online, 24 February 2009

Surge in donations for organisations working with street children in India

Charities working with street children in India have seen a surge in interest from new donors after the success of Slumdog Millionaire.

The film, which tells the story of a boy from the slums who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, won eight Academy Awards this week.

Terina Keene, chief executive of street children's charity Railway Children, said the charity had been inundated with calls.

"The phone doesn't stop ringing," she said. "In the past three days more than 1,500 people have visited our website. There are normally about 150 visitors per day."

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