It’s every child’s right to have a joyful childhood and grow up in a safe and nurturing environment with protection and guidance from their guardians. Whether in the cities or in villages, at home or in school, every child deserves a childhood free from exploitation and abuse. Children are the hope and future of a nation. Yet, there are millions deprived children in India who have never known a normal, carefree childhood. The problem of child labour is a serious social matter that needs to be addressed sooner. With an officially estimated 4.3 million children engaged in hazardous occupations (2011 Census), India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world. They are employed in many industries and trades, including garments, footwear, brick kilns, stainless steel, hotels, textile shops, glass blowing, fireworks and matches, brassware, electroplating, lead mining, stone quarrying, lock making and beedi rolling (thin Indian cigarettes filled with tobacco and rolled in a tendu leaf). There are legislations that have been enacted to prevent child labour in India. Many organisations across the country are working to eliminate child labour and promote children’s rights.
As a volunteer, you will be associated with a community organisation that is involved in: • Special health care programs for children living on the streets; • Exposing exploitative child labour practices and ensuring children join residential bridge schools and vocational training programs; • Conducting awareness campaigns; • Facilitating training and capacity building for parents and community workers; • Prevention of child labour and counselling; • Conducting surveys, documentation, designing appropriate information, education and communication materials.
Duration of the project: The project is run all year round. Minimum committment required is two months. The project starts on the first Monday of every month.
Accommodation: During the orientation week, the volunteers will stay together in a volunteer centre in Bangalore or Kundapur in shared bedrooms, and will take all three vegetarian meals together. Accommodation for the volunteers during the project can either be at the project site, in a local host family or in a hostel – depending on the project, location and availability.
Arrival and orientation: Volunteers arrive at Bangalore or Kundapur by the first Monday of each month. The program will start with a week-long orientation.
To find out more, please visit: http://cadip.org/volunteering-in-india
It’s every child’s right to have a joyful childhood and grow up in a safe and nurturing environment with protection and guidance from their guardians. Whether in the cities or in villages, at home or in school, every child deserves a childhood…