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Help 10 000 kids escape poverty and child labour



Helping children and their families from 'untouchable' communities in rural India escape poverty, child-labour in 'bidi' cigar factories, and ill-health through education, health care and livelihood support.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Caste & religious discrimination results in these families being dependent on bonded labor, rolling raw tobacco into cigarettes. Children are at risk through exposure to the tobacco atmosphere in the womb, as infants & as child-laborers (from 7 yrs old). The children are from low-caste Hindu, Tribal & Muslim families who are uneducated, do not own land or have alternative livelihoods.11500 children in the project villages will be helped, along with their families; a total of 40,000 people.

How will this project solve this problem?

Providing an integrated program of education, health-care & livelihood schemes stopping child labor, including provision of access to education (20 pre-school and creche facilities), mobile health clinics & micro-finance self-help savings groups.

Potential Long Term Impact

Each child can access education, proper health care, nutrition, and recreation to enable them to have a childhood free from child-labour and child-marriage, and to support their overall development and the completion of their education.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £30,666
Remaining Goal to be Funded: £1,723
Total Funding Goal: £32,389

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Karuna Trust

London, England, United Kingdom

Project Leader

Steven Murdoch

Staff Member
London, UK United Kingdom

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