More than 12 million children in India work instead of going to school.
Children comprise one-fourth of and are the most vulnerable among the migrant population in India. As families migrate in search of livelihoods, their children drop out of school and instead, start working in local industries or odd jobs.
ICCo and its partners work directly and indirectly to address the rights of children at risk. We work to address the immediate needs of the children, while educating communities on removing discrimination and stigma. Our partners also lobby to bring about policy level changes to create an environment in which children can thrive.
The Children at Risk (CAR) program is implemented by the partners of Kerk in Actie in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, which have the highest percentage of child labour. Children in these states work in the silk, garments, cottonseed and carpet-making industries, in addition to being employed as domestic help. Our partners aim to eliminate child labour by promoting full-time formal education, using a multi-stakeholder approach and tackling the problem from the economic and human rights dimensions. Our partners provide access to high quality formal education, lobby and advocate for child rights, ensure decent labour conditions for adults, offer livelihood alternatives for the parents, and undertake social labelling of export products.
Maega Trust is a Christian women’s organization working among street children, working children, children in dangerous situations and vulnerable women. The project aims to restore the rights of bonded child labourers by sending them to school and developing skills, and increasing the incomes of parents so that they can contribute to their children’s schooling. This project lays special emphasis on the protection of children and on promotion of child rights, especially among girls in the quarry areas.