There are more than 12.67 million child laborers in India (Census 2001). More than 75,000 such children and youth have been liberated through legal interventions and rescue operations. These are victims of social exclusion, abuse, deprivation and intergenerational bondage needing rehabilitation, special care, protection and education after their rescue. Bal Ashram, a transit rehabilitation center for 120 (yrly) such boys aged 7-17 yrs emphasizes on integrated child development and empowerment.
Identifying the most vulnerable children rescued from slavery & forced labor, intensive psychosocial counseling, basic literacy & arithmacy to help mainstream them into formal schools, vocational & skills training, leadership training to empower them
Socio-economic and educational rehabilitation of 360 boys protecting them from the risk of falling back into slavery in 3 years. At least a fourth of these boys will act as social change agents for promotion of education and child rights.