Child Labour is a continuing pre-dominant challenge in India. With more than 31 million (est. 2017) “economically active” children, India currently has the highest number of children engaged in the work force in the world. Humana People to People India (HPPI), since 2015, has worked to get children of textile workers in Panipat, Haryana, out of the factories and enrolled back into schools.
In January 2018, this initiative was expanded with the ‘Action Against Child Labour’ Project that aspires to create a Child Labour Free Zone in Panipat, covering 2,439 households, which comprise approximately 10,000 people. The identified children will be enrolled directly into Government Schools or alternately, be trained in HPPI’s Kadam Centres through the Kadam Programme and Girls Bridge Course; or through the newly established Sambhavna Schools, designed to accommodate adolescents from Grade VI to VIII.
10-year-old Nitu worked in a textile factory in Panipat, Haryana segregating used clothes according to their colours, earning INR 500 per month for her family. She was identified by the staff of HPPI’s Sambhavana School, run as a part of the Action Against Child Labour Project supported by Sympany, and was enrolled into the school. Today Nitu is learning computers among other subjects at the school. This is her story.