Project Aim: As part of its Aftercare strategy, Justice and Care is supporting 25 children who have been successfully saved from child labour and severe exploitation. By supporting their education and care right now, you will be providing a long-term solution to a community and making each of these children real agents of change.
Project Description: Malik* is from a poor village in the eastern part of India. His father was contracted as an irregular agricultural worker while his mother tried to add to the family's income by doing embroidery work. The lack of steady employment meant that they struggled to make ends meet.
In early 2014, a man came to the village promising to give Malik, and 24 other children in his neighbourhood, a better life. Sadly, the young boys were instead tricked and trafficked to a city over 1,000 miles from home and coerced into forced labour in a factory. They were forced to work for 12 hours a day without a break, never being allowed to leave the premises. Surrounded by toxic chemicals and open flames, Malik suffered regular injuries from the hazardous working environment. He was only 12 years old.
In January 2016, the authorities along with Justice and Care, rescued Malik and others as part of a state-wide operation. Our teams provided all the 25 children saved with immediate support and planned their long-term rehabilitation. Thankfully, Malik and his friends were joyfully reunited with their families.
Rehabilitation is not just about sending them back home. It is about ensuring that they are no longer vulnerable to being re-trafficked. Having assessed the lack of facilities in their village, we have placed them in an excellent residential school. Besides providing quality education, this school has boarding and lodging facilities, providing the children with a safe and secure environment.
Generations within their village have had no access to education but these children are now given the opportunity to thrive in a safe environment, receiving education and skills to be self-sufficient in the future. The impact this will have on their communities once these boys go back to their families post-education would be tremendous.
We need your support to provide for their education in 2017. Give them a future that is free from the vulnerability of trafficking.
Let the New Year bring Malik and his friends a new beginning.