Bal Ashram Trust runs a school for the children of the local Banjara community who otherwise would be whiling away their time either working at their parents place of work or doing nothing. The children would be alienated from any kind of basic education in the absence of this school. Plans are afoot to open 5 more such schools in the Viratnagar area in the future.
Purpose / Goals
Rescue children from Child labour and rehabilitate them.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) today symbolizes the largest grassroots movement against child servitude. As an initiator of rescuing slave children (direct action) from the remotest villages in India on one hand and the organiser/leader of Global March Against Child Labour on the other, BBA has a legacy of 25 years of crusade.
Om Prakash Gurjar from Bal Ashram wins International Children's Peace Prize
Bunty, a child who was rehabilitated in 2003-2004 as a young child received the Pogo Amazing Kid Award for leadership. The award attracted entries from school children all across the country and Bunty was perhaps the unique candidate among them. A former bonded labourer in a brick kiln, he was rescued as a 10 year old and then went on to gain education from his village after rehabilitation at Bal Ashram. There he helped enrol children of his village to school. For this and his other efforts at the village level, he was chosen for the Pogo Amazing Kid for Leadership. The award ceremony was held in Mumbai in December 2007.
Founded as a group of few individuals, BBA has emerged as an organization of thousands of individual supporters under the banner of ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ as well as network of over 780 NGOs, Trade Unions, Human Rights Organisation etc. dedicated towards the total elimination of child labour and ensure quality education for all in India.
Project Type: Community Based Interventions
Primary Focus: children who are working
Secondary Focus: remedial education
Other Focus: to go to formal school