REHABILITATION

BBA ensures that children are protected and are not vulnerable to being re-trafficked. BBA provides eminent support like trauma counseling, protects victims in BBA homes and transit rehabilitation centers, and ensures aftercare by helping with access to compensation and relevant government schemes.

 

Statutory rehabilitation

Poverty and illiteracy are driving forces pushing children into child labour and child trafficking. BBA tries to mitigate these factors, by ensuring that the child gets economic compensation from the employer, trafficker and the state through the application of relevant legislation. This compensation includes backwages (28th May 2012 judgement), fines on the employers (15th July 2009 judgement) and compensation through rehabilitation packages under bonded labour law and centrally sponsored schemes for the rehabilitation of bonded labourers. In the last three years, Rs 5,120,000 (about 84 000 USD) has been recovered from traffickers/employers convicted of trafficking children, practicing slavery and supporting forced labour in Delhi.

Immediately after rescue, a child is taken to a children’s home wherever possible. For Delhi and surrounding areas, BBA’s Mukti Ashram, established on the outskirts of Delhi, is a safe haven.

 

Mukti Ashram

Founded in 1991, Mukti Ashram was the first center in India for rescued bonded labourers. Since 2007, Mukti Ashram has emerged as a model for providing immediate support and access to services for children rescued from child labour and trafficking. In the short-term home, children receive food, clothing, shelter, medical aid, psychological and legal assistance and non-formal education. BBA ensures that the children get best quality care to overcome the trauma of slavery and servitude, which also eases the process of their reintegration into society. 

Mukti Ashram is registered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, passed in 2000. A child rescued from forced labour is sent to Mukti Ashram at the orders of the Child Welfare Committe (CWC).  During their stay, children are presented before the Child Welfare Committee and their parents are contacted.  To ensure that parents do not fall prey to the enticement or the deception of economic gains through child labour, they are also made aware and encouraged to pledge against all forms of child labour and are explained the virtue of education. The staff also secures release certificates for rescued child labourers, which allows them to access economic rehabilitation packages. Once the legal proceedings are over, children are repatriated to their families/ guardians. Since 2009, more than 3000 children have received care and protection at Mukti Ashram. Children stay in Mukti Ashram from 2 to 10 weeks.

 

Year

No of children in Mukti Ashram

2013(till November)

513

2012

567

2011

878

2010

699

2009

637

 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Mukti Ashram gives children a feeling of cohesiveness and provides non-formal education. These measures help children become self-confident and overcome the trauma of the past.

Non- formal education: All children are provided with non-formal education. They are taught the basics of education, including reading, writing and arithmetic. The basic purpose of non-formal education is to create interest in education, so that children will visit regular school afterwards.

Psycho-Social Counseling: Counseling is provided by trained counselors and staff to children during their stay. Professional counselling helps children overcome their trauma and look forward to their future. Parents who come to Mukti Ashram to collect their children are also counselled to ensure that children continue education and do not return to work.

Sports Activities: Children are given the opportunity to get involved in sports and cultural activities like cricket, football, theater plays and skits.

Social Education: Mukti Ashram helps generate awareness amongst the local community on various social issues, especially trafficking and forced labour. It empowers not only children but their parents to fight for their rights and ensures economic social rehabilitation of rescued children.

 

Bal Ashram

Located in Rajasthan and established in 1998, Bal Ashram serves as a long term rehabilitation and training center of Bachpan Bachao Andolan that specialises on needs of victims of child labour. Nestled amongst the picturesque Aravalli Hills, Bal Ashram’s main focus lies in providing quality education, vocational training and skill development as well as showing compassion and giving love to the children. Bal Ashram is a place where the children can lead a normal, happy and dignified life. Read more