Residential Bridge Course Camp for Girls at Hyderabad


Project Area: Bandlaguda, Saidabad, Secunderabad and Musheerabad and other slums covering 7 mandals at the city of Hyderabad  | Timeline: 2008 – Till date.
MVF’s Residential Bridge Course Camp is focussed on girl children who are working as domestic child labour, engaged to work in household industries in the informal sector,rag pickers, construction labourers, street children and so on. These children constitute the hidden and invisible children of the urban population. The programme has shown that children can be motivated to go to schools even in an urban setting living under very difficult circumstances.

Overview

The project identifies girls and boys who are out of school living in the slums of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. MVF volunteers convince parents through a continuous process of contact with the families and motivate them to join the residential bridge course. Boys are sent to programs conducted by other NG0s. MVF collaborates with the labour department to release children engaged as domestic child laborers working in apartments and housing colonies. In this process it also networks with the police, education and social welfare departments. The print media and television channels have been contacted by MVF and they played a very big role in creating publicity and awareness against employment of domestic child labour.

|Donor: Broadridge Foundation

Project Updates

  • The program has so far reached out to 38474 children from 153 slums, 127 govt schools and 10 social welfare hostels. 
  • A Residential bridge course camp for girls is established in the city for rescue and rehabilitation of child labour. So far 1202 girls in the age group of 7-14  have been mainstreamed to govt schools through the camp. 
  • More than 300 girls secured seats in hostels.
  • 60 girls mainstreamed through the camp are pursuing higher education.
  • 230 resIdential apartments, shops and establishments declared child labour free.  
  • 50 children mostly girls released from domestic child labour and sent to rehabilitation centers

Stories

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Minor Rescued From Life As A Maid

7-year old Geetha from the Lambada tribe was employed as a domestic help in Jala Vayu Vihar, Lower Tank Bund Road. This issue was escalated to the SI of Police, who involved the press in order to free the girl from her employer. Geetha was taken to an MV Foundation camp and later transferred to the CWC authorities in Kachiguda.

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Community Proves That Education Begins At Home

Jamula, a 15-year old Class 8 dropout lived with her family in Mahabubnagar Huts in Musheerabad Mandal. She was denied education by both her father as well as the Head Teacher of the local school. MVF Volunteers followed up with her case and ensured that she was successfully re-enrolled in school.

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