ROWCL - (Reduction of worst form of child labour)

Many children are engaged in child labour in Pudukkottai District, to economic pressures force to eke out a supplementary income through sending their children to work. Children are engaged mostly in textile supply chain.

Children young women are high potential labour force because they are invisible unorganized and land themselves to easy exploitation and willingness to work long hours without protest.

Children who are working are at risk of various stake holders to ensure that the working young women workers are need to lead a mainstream life and the interest of these children are to be protected to the maximum extent passable so as to ensure their right.

As an organization promoting human right children have always been one of the focal point of Read foundation development intervention. Following are the activities undertaken by Read foundation to Reduce the worst form of child labour:-

Sensitization meeting

Read foundation organized awareness meeting to sensitize the parents on child labour. Meeting more organized in 40 villages and 1475 parents were sensitized about the problems involved in child labour.

Mapping Programme:

Read foundation Identification the young girls workers in spinning and textile industries under the ROWCL project.5000 women workers identification 3 blocks at Pudukkottai districts

Re-enrolment of drop outs in schools:

Read foundation has identified 38 children’s who were drop outs and were involved in farm labour child sitting cattle grazing in house hold chores. These children’s were helped to continue education by re-enrolling them in schools. All these children are now interestingly continuing their studies.

Counseling Programme

Counseling was gives to the parents as well as to children’s on importance of education and the need for educating the children in mainstream schools. 17 counseling session were conducted during the year at the Read foundation office by its counseling staffs. 628 parent participated and benefitted.

Stakeholder Meeting:

Meeting were organized for stakeholders such as likeminded NGO’s parents of working children, Trade union leaders and agents to sensitize them of the child labour situation in pudukkottai district and to remind them of their roles and responsibilities in reducing child labour and sending the children’s to schools. 10 such meeting were conducted during the reporting year and 420 stakeholders attended.

Rally on Compulsory Education

Primary education has made compulsory and child labours strictly prohibited in India in the year 2012. The compulsory primary education Act obligated the parents to send to their children of age 6-14 year to mainstream schools in order to aware the parents and children about the implications an importance of this Act. Rallies were conducted in 24 villages of Annavasal, Kunnandar Kovil and Viralimalai blocks of Pudukkottai Districts. 3120 students of Middle, High and Higher secondary schools participated in the Rally and made if a grand success.

Special School for Drop Out Children’s:

Offer and opportunities to the drop out children’s to continue schooling Read has stared 4 special schools in Viralimalai and Annavasal blocks, 240 children’s are attending these schools.

Educational Support

1092 children’s are economically backward families received economical support from Read foundation during this year to continue their schooling.

Technical Skill Training:

Low income in the family is the main reason for the parents for forcing their children to child labour. To remedy this Read is conducting skill training to the parent especially to the mothers from the marginalized communities to enable them to reporting period in tailoring, computer and embroidery in Annavasal, Viralimalai and Kunnandar Kovil blocks. 142 mothers attended among those completed the training many are employed in factories/ industries and few are engaged in self employment and are earnings good income.

Training in Nursing:

Lack of career perspective and technical skills are main factor for the young girls for aspiring to work in the textile units under sumangali scheme. As an effort to prevent the young girls from recruiting under sumangali scheme Read has adopted technical training courses for the young girls and thus enable them to be employable in technical lines. As part of it we have organized the following technical courses to the young girls.

  1. Nursing for 78 girls.
  2. Computer training for 115 girls.
  3. Tailoring for 141 girls.
  4. Embroidery for 27 girls.

Legal Support.

Many of the young girls working in textile and garment units under the camp labour system were cheated by the employers without paying compensation for their health loss, or deaths, illegal cancellation of agreement and nonpayment of promise lump sum amount on completion of the contract period.
Read foundation is offering legal support to 93 workers PF scheme amount Rs.2,70,000/- such girls to get their complaints compensated. Complaints were launched in courts against 10 companies by the affected persons with the support- legal as well as financial of Read foundation.

Establishment of linkages. 

To enable the victims of child labour, sumangali scheme and drop-outs to restore their. Lost right and thus live a dignified life they are in need of support from experts. For this Read have established linkages with government benefit schemes like maternity benefit, marriage assistance scheme, manual welfare board trade unions etc. During this year Read brought 850 young garment workers under the medical insurance scheme. Marriage assistance support of Rs 25000/ to Rs 50000/ plus gold was made available to -127 young girls, and maternity benefit of Rs 7000/ for 147 young girls, old ages pension of for 160 parents of garment women workers (Rs 1000/ per month pension of for 141).