MICA - Children of India









"A child is meant to learn, not to earn."

Addressing Child Labour in Mica mines




Jharkhand and Bihar in India produce 25% of the world’s Mica, a shimmering mineral used in the cosmetics and automobile industry. In 2018, a survey conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) revealed that 10,394 children in the Mica belt of Jharkhand and Bihar in India are out-of-school with some engaged in Mica collection. 

With lack of additional employment opportunities and labour exploitation in the Mica sector, families are drenched in poverty, leading to children working in the mines to ensure the family’s survival.




Our project aims to address child labour in 2 Mica dependent districts of Jharkhand which are highly remote and vulnerable.We use a holistic approach to tackle the issue through child participation and provision of services that render child empowerment.

The project works towards taking children out of the mines and bringing them back to school for prolonged academic engagement. We also build the capacities of parents to support their child’s education and health care. We make way for children to be ‘agents of change’ through our child protection sensitisation where the children themselves address child exploitation cases in their community.



We work in 41 villages across Mica dependent districts of Koderma and Giridih in Jharkhand reaching out to around 1500 children who are either vulnerable to or victims of child labour.












Children's Club

Access to Quality Education

Digital classes, mobile libraries, activity based learning, study materials, bicycles

Social Security



Community Sensitisation

Engagement with the Government, Private Sector and Civil Society

Sustainable Additional Livelihood Opportunities