Child Protection Programme – Kurnool District, AP
Project Area: Kurnool District | Timeline: June 2009 – to date
MV Foundation is working on abolishing child labour through a process of social mobilization with focus on girls engaged to work in cotton farms in 74 gram panchayats. It covers 15000 children.
Major Activities include survey of children in five mandals of Kurnool district; enrollement and retention of children in schools; enumerating and tracking migrant children; preventing dropouts; formation of Balika Sanghas (children’s collectives); cultural campaigns; interacting and orienting cottonseed companies and farmers against employment of children.
| Donor: UNICEF
- Child protection committees formed at village and mandal level comprising of 12 to 15 members in each committee.
- Setting up of Seasonal hostels to stop children from migrating.
- Formation of around 350 Balika Sanghas (girl child collectives) with 5000 adolescent girl children
- Facilitation of adolescent girls to continue their education in class X and above
- Giving adolescent girls a to enroll into the open school system and thus giving them a second chance
- Prevention of more than 150 child marriages and supporting their continuation in education
- Provision of skill development training for adolescent girl.
- Conducting training programs through Non Residential Special Training Centers to mainstream child labour
Fighting Exploitation, One Child At A Time
The Head Teacher of a school in Holagunda Mandal withheld a large portion of the Inspire Award money granted by the Government from the student it rightfully belonged to. This issue was pursued by youth volunteers until the MEO agreed to ensure that the remaining amount of Rs. 3,000 would be relinquished to the student.
Educating Children by Educating Parents
14 year old Mallikarjuna, from Halaharivi mandal, was forced to withdraw from school after Class 6. MVF volunteers, along with the boy’s Drawing Teacher, pursued the issue with Mallikarjuna’s parents and counseled the family on the importance of education until they relented to let their son resume his studies.