Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) is addressing the multi-dimensional problems of child labour and exploitation in the mica mining districts of Bihar and Jharkhand. Child labour free mica is within our grasp if we tackle this issue by keeping children at the center, involving relevant stakeholders and engaging government at all levels, civil society and industry bodies. We aim to unite and leverage the collective power of all stakeholders locally, nationally and globally to end all child labour in the region by 2025.
The thriving mica industry in the states of Jharkhand and Bihar has put thousands of children in the are at risk of exploitation and losing their childhoods. Pronounced poverty and impoverishment has led to children dropping out of school in large numbers to supplement their family incomes by working in illegal mines under inhuman conditions.
Robbed of schoolbooks, armed with tools and collection baskets, children are often used to mine mica that is found deep in the ground due to their small stature. With every hammer strike however, the danger of being buried alive due to a mine collapse only gets aggravated. Deprived of basic rights, picking ‘dhibra’ or mica waste becomes a primary source of livelihood.
Bal Mitra Gram™️ (BMG™️) or Child Friendly Village is an innovative and transformative grassroots solution for complex problems which adversely affect the protection and well-being of children. This model promotes their best interests through child-centric community development. It empowers children to take democratic action to secure their rights, and enables all stakeholders to work towards building resilient and protective communities that safeguard children from all forms of abuse and exploitation. The model emphasizes on free and quality education for all children.Read More