Education Scholarships for Child Laborers in India

 
$48,243
$21,757
Raised
Remaining
Jan 10, 2013

Brothers and sisters

New scholarship students
New scholarship students

The monsoon season is coming to a close in India, and poor migrant families from neighboring states have started their long treks in search of work in Mewat’s many brick kilns. Just these past few weeks, the Child Laborers Scholarship project has successfully enrolled 150 new arrivals into the program, the vast majority of whom will be attending school for the first time in their lives. This brings the total number of children currently being served by the program up to 248, with figures expected to rise in the months ahead.

Twelve year-old Muskan is one it these new students. Her family is landless and uneducated, with little economic opportunity in their home village. Though Muskan had never attended a day of school in her life, she longed for the opportunity to become educated and courageously lobbied her parents to allow her to join the program. Her parents initially ignored her pleas, arguing that they depend on her brick-making to help feed the family. Like many Indian families—particularly given the recent epidemic of high profile rape cases—Muskan’s parents are also fearful of what might happen to her if she is alone in a public place. Lotus Outreach and the owner of the brick kiln not only informed Muskan’s parents of the punishments they could face for violating India’s child labor laws, but assured them that Lotus Outreach is a well-established and respected organization in Mewat, and Muskan would be perfectly safe riding the bus with her peers.  In fact, Lotus Outreach spent a considerable amount of time talking to the families at all Mewat’s brick kilns about India’s 2009 Right to Education Act which guarantees free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of 6 and 14, regardless of their caste, age, state of origin or the time of year. For many of these families, these information sharing sessions are the first time that they will come to understand education as both a basic right and an essential catalyst for human development.

Muskan will be the first child in the history of her family to attend school, and her 28 year-old brother Sunil shares her pride in knowing that she will have a better future once educated—something he unfortunately was never given a chance at. Twenty-two year-old Priti is likewise happy that her little brother, eight year-old Satish, will be given an opportunity denied to her. “I feel bad when I see girls of my age working as teachers while I spend 18 hours every day making bricks for only a small wage,” she shares. “But I am very happy to have at least someone in my family who will be able to attend school.” Both cases demonstrate that even a small intervention has the potential to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty. For Muskan and Satish, the annual cost of basic supplies and a ride to and from school is just $60 a year.

We thank you for helping Lotus Outreach bring the gift of education to these children, and we look forward to watching them grow into capable, compassionate and educated young adults in the years ahead.

Sunil and Muskan
Sunil and Muskan
Satish and Priti
Satish and Priti

Links:

Comments:

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $20
    give
  • $40
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $600
    give
  • $1,500
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $20
    each month
    give
  • $40
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $600
    each month
    give
  • $1,500
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Organization

Lotus Outreach

Aptos, California, United States
http://www.lotusoutreach.org

Project Leader

Elise De Grande

Executive Director
Sacramento, CA United States

Where is this project located?

Map of Education Scholarships for Child Laborers in India