Project #5964

From Child Labour to a Chance at School

Jun 30, 2011

Child Friendly Spaces, Update June 2011

Shahin's Story

Shahin’s father abandoned her and her family. She lives with her mother and four siblings. Shahin’s oldest brother works cutting hair, and the rest of her family works at home making kites. Given her family’s situation, Shahin’s work is needed to help cover the household expenses.

Shahin joined Juhapura CFS in October 2009. CFS teacher, Firdosben, says that when she first came to class, Shahin did not know how to read and write and had a serious stammering problem. Firdosben helped Shahin overcome her problem. Shahin’s mother Rihanaben says that she is happy that her daughter is now able to read and write properly. She also noticed that after attending CFS, Shahin became more disciplined and responsible. She is now ready to go to formal school.

The Program

The Child Friendly Spaces Program started with 3 centres in 2008 and now has expanded to include children of labourers from Construction Sites (which are being supported by the Developers). These Non Formal Classes are the only opportunity these migrant labourers get to carry on with an education when their parents move to the city in search for work during the non-agricultural seasons in the villages.

Today the Child Friendly Spaces is being supported by multiple stakeholders, which is making it possible to reach out to more child labourers in the city of Ahmedabad.

We thank all the donors who have generously given through Global Giving – you are making it possible to help a child fully live his/her childhood.

232 children are currently being supported through this project. 

Activities at Juhapura Centre (Other centres including construction site classes mentioned in the attached PDF)

Blackboard teaching method is used at Juhapura CFS. A study kit inclusive of pens, notebooks and text books is provided. Alphabet books, picture books and chants are used for teaching them. Their class starts with a short a prayer. Attendance is taken each day and field visit is done each day to at least two students home. Children are taught math, days of the week, name of the months, counting, alphabets- in Gujarati and English, words, shapes and drawing. Singing and dancing also happens in class sometimes to freshen up the children. Homework is also given to them based on the class work.

The children have been taken on educational trips to Science City, Kakaria Lake and Zoo in the past few months.

They have had interactive session with students and interns from around the world where they come and tell them about their country and people by various photographs and teach them new things. The children also interacted with a foreign intern from Peru; Valeria Ines Rojas (Dutch university Universiteit Utrecht) who was working as a part of CFS for her research study. She told the children about her country and people through presentation and photographs & conducted various fun filled interactive sessions with them like photography.  

Sugandha Deva and Trishla Jhaveri interns at SAATH from NIT, Bhopal and Symbiosis, Pune respectively; organized a Child against Labour Week 2011 (13-17 June 2011)  at all the CFS centers themed Family Security under which workshops like Origami, Movie- Jatak Tales, poetry, and storytelling were conducted and importance and love of family was inculcated.


Nutrition is provided to all the children. Besides conducting regular health check-ups, children receive daily snacks. Starting from this month, children started receiving an actual meal prepared by the teacher and a snack.  By improving their nutrition, their health and school performance is expected to consequently improve. This is generally after the class is over. Nutrition includes healthy food material like milk and bananas and snacks like sev and peanuts. A lunch box is provided to the students in which these snacks are packed and given to them. 


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Organization Information


Location: Ahmedabad, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Vama Rajpal
Ahmedabad, Gujarat India
$33,241 raised of $71,850 goal
346 donations
$38,609 to go
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