How we help children through our Child Rights Project:
- We identify child laborers and help the expansion of the Indian Government’s National Child Labor Project (NCLP). Click here to know more about NCLP.
- We promote income generation/increment activities among the families of the child laborers. Read more to know how we do this.
- We provide alternate valuable solutions for their after-school free hours. — SUMMARY -‘We provide education and health supplements to 450 children who are low-caste, orphaned, victims of HIV, physically challenged, and suffer from other social/physical illnesses…’ learn more.
- We provide scholarships and expense cover for mending the losses incurred due to labor prevention.
Statistics to describe why India needs this project.
- Anitha, the rag-picking doctor
- Vasu, the ganja victim
- Early childhood education
- Child laborers in India – 2020
According to a UN report in 2017, Over 4.4. a million children are under the bondage of labor in India. While there is an increase in literacy rate among child laborers, they are still pushed to work due to various underlying conditions such as family poverty. Tamil Nadu State alone has 300,000 (age <14) documented after-school child laborers. Governmental measures to limit child labor is not entirely effective among the migrant and tribal population. On top of this, only 3 million children (between 15-18) are in schools out of 6.3 million in the state. We need help to track the remaining children.
The exploitation of children is the economic exploitation of the child. Over 300 million children around the world – in countries rich and poor – work and are often cut off from the community, denied rest and play and most of them are at risk from hazardous and exploitative labor including drug addiction and sexual abuse. Denied education and trapped in the cycle of poverty, their most basic rights, their health, and even their lives are precarious and jeopardy. SHAPE believes that the single most effective way to protect children from hazardous and exploitative labor is to extend and improve education so that it will attract them towards a healthy living. It emphasizes and insists on the entire target area that, education is the best solution to overcome this problem. The campaign has been launched against child labor in urban, rural, and tribal areas.
“Priority be given to efforts for the immediate end of hazardous and exploitative child labour and to urge support for education, so that children may acquire the knowledge and skills that can enable them to improve their lives. It also stresses the need for the basic services, social development strategies, income-generation measures and legal protection for children, their families and communities”
-B. Boutros Ghali, Former U.N Secretary General-1997.