Children's Projects

Bonded Labour Children

Bonded labour — a contemporary form of slavery — was officially banned by the government of India over thirty years ago, yet it continues to be a fact in the lives of 20 million people, 35% of whom are children between the ages of 5 and 15. Children are forced into bonded labour through the indebtedness of their parents, and are made to work in carpet factories, stone quarries, brick kilns, lock-making, agriculture and prostitution. Without an education bonded labour children are condemned to repeat the lives of their parents and often their grandparents.

From 1999 to 2003 almost all of MUKTI’s fundraising was for the education of bonded labour children. Over the five years we donated £58,600 to Bandhua Mukti Morcha, an organisation established by Swami Agnivesh, Chairperson of the UN Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, towards the establishment and running costs of on-site schools in twenty bonded labour areas around New Delhi, and two skills training centres for teenage children, one for boys and one for girls.

Durga Devi Trust

In 2002 and 2003 MUKTI donated a total of £2,500 to the Durga Devi Trust, a family trust that has provided land for the establishment of a school and a dispensary in the Gurgaon district of New Delhi. Our donations went towards the costs of establishing a Vocational Training Centre which teaches young women literacy, tailoring and duree (floor cover)-making. The Trust helped the women of Palla Village to set themselves up as a local co-operative and they have launched their own brand of basketware.