Why are we running this project?

The fight against child labor and for children’s rights remains one of the biggest social challenges in India. Without the long-standing and courageous commitment of civil society actors, there would be little progress in enforcing children’s rights and ending child labor, which have recently been listed as central goals of the UN’s agenda for sustainable development. By supporting the project ‘Child-Friendly Communities in Rural India’, the Robert Bosch Stiftung aimed to strengthen an outstanding organization in its efforts to solve the social challenge of child labor and to guarantee children’s rights.

What are our goals?

The project is working towards developing exemplary and sustainable structures that prevent child labor in selected rural areas in India. It also aims at improving children’s quality of life and strengthening their rights and interests by providing greater access to education and social life. The results of the project are disseminated at the regional and national level and scaling-up of similar project interventions is encouraged.

How does the project work?

The project’s objective is to create child-friendly communities in 27 Indian villages with a total of about 10,000 children in the states of Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and Karnataka. This means that child labor will be eliminated in these villages and all school-age children receive an education. In addition, there are organized interest groups such as children’s parliaments, and youth as well as women’s groups that are officially recognized by the local council.

Who organizes and supports the project?

The project was run by Global March Against Child Labor, a network of various actors who are committed to ending child labor and strengthening the rights of children around the world, in cooperation with the Indian NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA). Both organizations have been initiated by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi. The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation continues to run the project.