Bachpan Bachao Andolan, e-Bulletin (June 2014)

"Not my Life" - A Documentary Film on Human Trafficking

“Not my Life” a documentary film on Human Trafficking, directed by Oscar Nominee Robert Bilheimer showcases Kailash Satyarthi, founder of Bachpan Bachao Andolan speaking about Child Labour and slavery.

Crime Patrol Dastak-Trafficking Special

Crime Patrol Dastak brought out a series on Child trafficking from 14th to 16th June in Sony Entertainment Television which portrayed the stories of children who were rescued by Bachpan Bachao Andolan .

First Ever Anthem Against Child Labour launched

The first ever Anthem Against Child Labour, written by Kailash Satyarthi and sung by Jasbir Jassi was launched by Sh Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister Labour and Employment on the World Day Against Child Labour.

Bachpan Bachao Andolan has been at the forefront in the fight against slavery, forced labour and bonded labour through direct actions leading to the rescue of over 82,800 children and the withdrawal of over 200,000 bonded and child laborers (Since 1980). Raid and Rescue has always been an integral part of Bachpan Bachao Andolan and in the month of June,103 children have been rescued.

Most of the children worked in hazardous occupation like bangle making, incense sticks and bindi units. However, this month saw a rise of illegal placement agencies/shelter homes and most of the children have been kidnapped by the traffickers without the consent of parents leaving behind with just a placement agency visiting card or a phone number.

Labour Minister to dedicate one month salary to Bachpan Bachao Andolan

12 June 2014: Commemorating the World Day Against Child Labour, the first ever ‘Anthem Against Child Labour’ was launched on 12th June 2014 by the Honourable Minister of Labour & Employment, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar in an exclusive event hosted by Bachpan Bachao Andolan and Global March Against Child Labour at the Press Club of India, New Delhi.


Two minor girls trafficked and sold

17 June 2014: After getting information from sources and over a month long identification process by the activists of BBA ,a placement agency,SLG Manpower was identified and later raided in Ekta enclave,Miyanwali Nagar on 17th June,2014 by Delhi Police and members of Bachpan Bachao Andolan.


Former child labourer of BBA turns an author

New Delhi,10 June 2014: Rarely does one find a person who rises above all limitations to carve out a life that others can actually learn from. Basu Rai, from the Streets of Kathmandu– a book written by an orphan and a former child labourer, Basu Rai, was launched in the capital by former IPS officer Kiran Bedi. The event was hosted by Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), Global March Against Child Labour and Vitasta Publishing at Constitution Club, New Delhi. .This book throws a larger question to all those involved in the fight against child labour and child slavery about what the most marginalised children expect of us.


A minor girl rescued from a policeman's house

02 June 2014: Out of hundreds of raids,Bachpan Bachao Andolan conducts every month,one of the most astonishing case came out on 2nd June. A 14 year old minor girl was rescued from a Delhi Police constable house in RK Puram police colony by activists of BBA and Delhi police officials. The girl had several injury marks all over her body and one of the eyes was damaged. Not only she had burn marks on her arms but she was in extreme trauma and couldn't speak a word. She was trafficked from Jharkand and brought to a placement agency in Delhi.



Financial Empowerment of Women in Jharkhand

One of the strategies of Bachpan Bachao Andolan is the development of child friendly villages or Bal Mitra Gram, where all children are free from exploitation and receive free and quality education. As part of its work, BBA organized training workshops for women groups it developed in ten villages of Koderma district of Jharkhand between March and June 2014. In the first phase in March, BBA organized training on soap and detergent making as well as goat keeping with the participation 237 women. In the second phase in July, to fulfill demand from the local communities, the training workshops were extended to other women. These training workshops were attended by 239 women. This time, the training workshops included production of detergent and candle. In total, 476 women took part in the training workshops that were organized in ten villages.

Children bring water to their villages

In the month of June, BBA worked with children of thirteen villages in Koderma and Giridih districts of Jharkhand to improve availability of drinking water in these villages.

Most of villages in these districts are also engaged in collection of mica mining, at times involving children. BBA has been working in the two districts since 2005 to ensure that children are in education rather than involved in collection of mica which has a damaging effect on their health and life chances.The western most districts of Koderma and Giridih in Jharkhand state are based on a plateau and are notorious for persistent lack of clean drinking water especially in summers when the water level drops dangerously. Children’s Councils in these villages recognized this as an important issue hampering their education and development. They then worked with BBA staff to locations to either install new handpumps or repair the existing ones. In this process, BBA helped in installation of five new handpumps, repair of eight handpumps as well as repair of a well that was identified by children.

Enrolment of Children in schools on Child Labour Day in Jakkahalli and Mangla villages in Chamraj Nagar, Karnataka

In child friendly villages in Chamraj Nagar, the first week of June was busy for the field staff with the commencement of the new academic year. As children began to attend school after summer vacation, field staff in the five child friendly villages advised the Mahila Mandal (Women’s group) members to follow up with parents to enroll their children in the school along withBal Panchayat (Children’s Council). The Children’s Council suggested organizing an awareness rally on 12 June 2014 in the panchayat to ensure regularity of children in school.


Mukti Ashram in shambles after storm hit

A massive dust storm followed by heavy rain hit the capital on friday (May 30) afternoon uprooting many trees, disrupting traffic and Delhi Metro services bringing the city to a standstill. This has also hit the Mukti Ashram and destroyed most of the walls. More than 150 children were present in the premises and half a dozen of trees were uprooted and entrances collapsed within seconds of the storm. Four staff quarters and patches of roof were damaged from the core. .The kitchen walls had severe cracks and it became the most dangerous spot as employees were present there. Although no one was injured but it took time to bring back everything in normal. Many coolers were damaged and the electrocution which was followed by storm damaged the electrical wiring of the premises too. As this was not enough, two overhead tanks were also damaged and there was acute crisis of water for 24 hours. On the request of Bachpan Bachao Andolan, Child Welfare Committee visited the Ashram and found it dangerous for sheltering the children. The children then have been shifted to the other shelter homes.

Main affected rooms in Mukti Ashram are :

  • Kitchen-This is one of the most important rooms of the building and nutritious food is prepared for the children. Children get proper food and the diet is prepared with help of an expert.
  • Community room:This particular room is designed for various purposes. This was used to provide non formal education for children as most of the kids didn't attend school even once.
  • Structural damages in toilets have been found and this is creating problem for the staff and children who stay for few days.
  •  Main gate and boundary wall have developed cracks-
  • The roofs of the documentation room where material related to children were kept have been destroyed as trees fell over it-This is another important room as it contains data of all the children who have stayed in Mukti Ashram and been rescued by our team.
  • Glasses of guest rooms were broken and electricity system has been finished in storm.
  • Two office rooms have been devastated after the trees fell down on the roofs. There has been cracks in the walls and as water entered the room,many documents got affected.

We would like to bring the Ashram back to its old position to provide children s safe place to stay. In this process we seek your support for the reconstruction and renovation of the Ashram. Please make generous donations now to help us reconstruct and renovate Mukti Ashram and make it a safe place again for children.

Kindly click here to make your contribution. Your financial support can shape our Mukti Ashram and future of children.

Foreign volunteers visit Bal Ashram

The month of June saw the surge of volunteers into the ashram from across the globe including the U.S., Australia, and Sweden. The association of 36 volunteers from Toorak College of Australia was short but the memory in the heart of kids has been everlasting. The volunteers were highly elated not for what they gave but for what they took back with themselves. Besides, the longest association with the children of Bal Ashram was that of two volunteers from the U.S., Cara Kennedy and Tally Behringer.

As Tally Behringer said “These boys are truly an inspiration. They showed me how precious life is and to take every moment in with love.”

Their daily activities with the kids ranged from Morning Prayer to non-formal class and ended with the meditation class. They ate, played, meditated, prayed, and studied with the kids. The virtual barrier of cultural difference was broken the day they entered into the boundaries of Bal Ashram. The cross cultural perspective was remarkable for both of them. They were amazed to see the strong sense of community here. Amidst their stay three journalists from Sweden arrived into the Bal Ashram Campus. These journalists were associated with Globe Magazine.
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