The family featured in this video migrated to Mewat's brick kilns from the neighboring state of Uttar Pradesh, where they typically return each year during the rainy season. This year is different; with five of their eight children attending school regularly thanks to our buses, parents Ram Das and Malma Devi want to stay in Mewat so as not to disrupt this education - and to add literacy to their legacy.
The radiant smile of 10 year-old Brijesh, pictured below, inspires us to keep this transportation in place until we can pressure the local government to provide it instead. Brijesh, four of her siblings, and 400 other brick kiln children spend their days in a classroom rather than under the hot sun because of this program.
While we have many projects designed to keep children in school and out of work, our brick kiln kids illustrate this reality most starkly. This June 12 is World Day Against Child Labor; we hope you will take the time that day to remember the faces and families you see here. Thank you for your continued support of these happy and hopeful children.
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