Bachpan Bachao Andolan - The Journey

Bachpan Bachao Andolan was founded in 1980 by Kailash Satyarthi, who has since become a worldwide acclaimed anti-child labour activist. When Satyarthi started out with a small group of like-minded individuals, the issue of child labour was unacknowledged by Indian legislation, in public discourse and by the media. Back then, fighting child labour was not only a seemingly insurmountable task, it was also an extremely dangerous endeavor. Though, while eradicating child labour remains one of the biggest challenges for India, BBA has been successful in changing the fate of over 82 000 children rescued from exploitation, in achieving important anti-child labour and anti-trafficking laws, and in raising awareness among the public. Some of our successes deserve to be further highlighted. Raid and rescue operations to free child workers from unacceptable conditions have always been at the heart of our work. Early efforts have mainly been directed at children exploited in brick kilns, stone quarries and the carpet industry, though, today, BBA rescue operations take place in many more industries.An important milestone in our history marks the opening of Mukti Ahsram in 1990, which has been the first transit rehabilitation center for bonded child labourers.