Om Prakash strives against child labor


"We are changemakers, because we change ourselves first"

Om Prakash, winner of the International Children's Peace Prize in 2006, is one of the children who was liberated by BBA and then was taken care of in the Bal Ashram. Om Prakash was awarded the prize for his efforts to combat child labour and liberate child slaves in India.
 He was liberated from slavery at the age of eight years old after working since he was five years old under severe conditions. By supporting BBA KidsRights honours Om Prakash in his fight against child labour.

Our project partner


KidsRights' partner Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) has been fighting against serious forms of child labour in India for over 30 years. BBA was founded by Nobel Peace Prize Winner 2014 Kailash Satyarthi. The work of BBA includes immediate liberation actions and information campaigns in villages to change national legislation in the field of child labour. Prevention through education and poverty reduction is the key to a future without child slavery. In 2006 BBA nominated Om Prakash for the International Children’s Peace Prize. KidsRights has been supporting BBA since 2007.

KidsRights and the Wild Geese Foundation


KidsRights supports BBA in cooperation with our partner Wild Geese. This enables KidsRights to achieve more for former child labourers in India. 

Liberation and Rehabilitation from child slavery


Child slavery and exploitation are the daily reality for millions of children in India. These children work in appalling conditions of exploitation and child abuse. With the support of KidsRights, BBA can rescue around 1.000 children a year from bonded labour. These children are temporarily accommodated in a shelter (Mukti Ashram), where they get medical and psychological help. The goal is that all children eventually return home. When this is not possible, they will stay in the family setting home of BBA (Bal Ashram), for a longer period of time. While living in the Bal Ashram, they go to school and prepare for a future without child labour.

Period: January 2006 - December 2016
Goal: To rescue and rehabilitate 1.000 child slaves annually

Updates

Sada (14) was rescued in a rescue operation conducted in Yamuna Vihar, Delhi on May 25th 2015 together with 14 other children. Sada: “I will go back and stay with my mother. I missed her and my home in the two years that I was forced to work in the iron fence making factory in Delhi. I want to study further, learn new skills and be free to do what I want.” 

 

The Bal Ashram is operating a vocational training centre for adolescent girls from neighboring villages. The centre provided the opportunity to girls who were interested to learn tailoring and stitching to receive training. In 2014, in total 121 girls had received training on stitching and tailoring. 

 

Best Practices for making change focused on child participation

With this project Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) will conduct an in-depth study on child participation within child-friendly villages. Child-friendly villages are villages where children do not work, but go to school and where child participation is taken seriously. To date BBA has established 350 villages in India. The results of the study will be used for creating training curricula in child participation and changemaking by children in India (through BBA) and internationally (through KidsRights).

Period: April 2016 - March 2017
Goal: to impart knowledge on the need of child participation towards protecting children's rights as well as the development of their community. 

 

The right of protection against child labour


Worldwide there are 168 million children engaged in child labour. Many of these children do not go to school. Child labour exists in many countries and sectors. KidsRights has released three reports on child labour providing background and figures on domestic child labour in Nepal, hazardous child labour in the cocoa industry in Ivory Coast and in small-scale mining in Burkina Faso.

 

 
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