Helping children and their families from 'untouchable' communities in rural India escape poverty, child-labor in cigarette factories, & ill-health through education, health care & livelihood support
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Caste & religious discrimination results in these families being dependent on bonded labor, rolling raw tobacco into cigarettes. Children are at risk through exposure to the tobacco atmosphere in the womb, as infants & as child-laborers (from 7 yrs old). The children are from low-caste Hindu, Tribal & Muslim families who are uneducated, do not own land or have alternative livelihoods.11500 children in the project villages will be helped, along with their families; a total of 40,000 people.
How will this project solve this problem?
Providing an integrated program of education, health-care & livelihood schemes stopping child labor, including provision of access to education (20 pre-school and crèche facilities), mobile health clinics & micro-finance self-help savings groups.
Potential Long Term Impact
Each child can access education, proper health care, nutrition, and recreation to enable them to have a childhood free from child-labour and child-marriage, and to support their overall development and the completion of their education.
"I have to work hard but I think that I will see a different future for Vanita and Rishikesh.Before, I used to wonder ‘what is all this work for?’, but now I see them happy and learning - Anita Jedgule, Cigarette - 'bidi' - worker and mother.