Timeline 2008 – Ongoing
Project Area: Bandlaguda, Saidabad, Secunderabad and Musheerabad and other slums covering 7 mandals at the city of Hyderabad | Timeline: 2008 – Ongoing.
MVF’s Residential Bridge Course Camp is focused 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 Hyderabad. The program has shown that children can be motivated to go to schools even in an urban setting living under very difficult circumstances.
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 NGOs. MVF collaborates with the labour department to release children engaged as domestic child labourers 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.
- 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 centres.
Donor- Broadridge Financials