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“The worst feeling in the world is being forced into something you don’t want to do”, said a 15-year-old Sneha. In the summer of 2021, Sneha had to drop out of school and work in a Mica processing factory as the family could no longer support her education. Her parents being daily wage earners suffered...
Hidden in the forests of Jharkhand, in the small hamlets of the Koderma and Giridih districts reside communities where children as young as five-year-olds are vulnerable to working in the mica mines instead of attending school. Our Mica Project has taken more than 3000 children out of the mica mines and enrolled them in schools....
15-year-old Bina loved school; the mighty wooden benches, the sound of the chalk striking the blackboard, the ring of the bell, and the laughter of her friends. It was a place where she found hope and joy. But on 7th September 2021, when she looked at her school uniform hanging palely on her door, gloom...
Ajay, Geeta, and Shreya sit in a circle with 23 other children and share their ideas on how children from nearby villages can also become part of this children’s group. The thread tying these 25 children together is empowerment. Many of these children were once victims of child labour in the Mica mines of Jharkhand. ...
Our project aims to address child labour in Jharkhand’s Mica-dependent areas, which are extremely remote and vulnerable. Through child participation and the provision of services that empower children, we take a holistic approach to addressing the problem. The project aims to get children out of the mines and back to school for a longer period...
Nearly half of the world’s children are still affected by partial or complete school closures, two years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, and over 100 million more children will fall below the minimum reading proficiency level as a result of the health catastrophe. The Coronavirus has caused school absences for almost 90% of the world’s...
The Balmanch (Children’s club) in mica dependent districts, emphasises on promoting education, self development, managing and operating facilities provided to children. The Balmanch was formed by our project and the children in the club work towards addressing child exploitation as a result of child labour in the region.  Balmanch meetings are conducted once in every...
The prevailing COVID conditions places families dependent on mica mining at risk. Firstly, they have lost their livelihood and have no means to survive. This makes their children extremely vulnerable to drop out of school and work in the mines. Additionally, the region being rural and remote, lacks access to proper health care services, placing...
Children of India Foundation aims to eliminate worst forms of child labour from the Mica mining belt in Jhakhand, India,  One of the objectives in achieving this is connecting community members with relevant social welfare and social protection government schemes such as Prime Minister Housing Scheme, MNREGA Job cards, Kisan Samman Scheme, COVID-19 Vaccination, Girl...
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