A Retreat for Child Workers and Children of Domestic Workers

A Retreat for Child Workers and Children of Domestic Workers

Mumbai: At the 2016 Child Rights Movement (CRM) Retreat on January 9th, Denise and Caroline spent the day getting to know many of the child workers and children of domestic workers (ages 10-16) that actively participate in NDWM’s CRM program.  The children were very enthusiastic about participating in skill building activities, presenting their groups’ accomplishments for 2015, and creating group action plans for this year. The CRM leaders (older children) proudly talked about their advocacy efforts to ban child labor – including presenting their stories and demands to the press and local politicians, and recruiting and mentoring new child workers within their groups. The children also participated in a training session on the UN Declaration of the Rights of a Child, and enjoyed being able to spend time taking photographs with their friends, and having a fun time.

The Child Rights Movement (CRM) enrolls thousands of child workers and children of domestic workers across 11 states in India with the goal of ending child labor through education assistance and life-skills training. More than half of all CRM participants combine full-time or part-time work with night school or vocational training classes.

Ranchi: Denise visited the NDWM Child Clubs that provide support to children of domestic workers living in different slum communities to ensure that they stay healthy and do well in school. The younger children put on music, dance and poetry performances while the older children (ages 16-18) talked about being in high school and/or college and were pleased with their successful new initiative to tutor the younger children in their communities.

On visiting Premashray, NDWM’s shelter home for girls who are victims of trafficking and abuse, Denise was able to spend time with the girls (ages 8-17) and meet with the professional and caring staff. Many of the girls were receiving rehabilitation services and preparing to return to their families, except for a few who would have extended stays as reunification with their families was not impossible.