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Barsarani’s life is a little different from the average teenager’s life, as besides going to school and attending her classes she also manages all the household chores and her three siblings as her parents are daily wage labourers and spend most of their time away from home. On weekends, she also makes Sal leaves plates and sells them in the market to pay for her school expenses and other expenses. Barsarani’s family situation is not unique in the remote Adivasi hamlet of Dolipada in Mayurbhanj District where poverty is a way of life. When Sikshasandhan started a child club in her area she was one of the first children to join and soon became a peer leader. She is now running a peer learning centre in her village where she provides remedial classes for 15 children. She is the first one to raise her voice for basic rights, when she got to know of the right to basic infrastructure as part of the RTE norms she raised the issue in one of the Children’s Assemblies organized by Sikshasandhan. A resolution was passed by the children demanding for a separate toilet for girls, this was shared with the concerned School Management Committee and finally with the Block Education Officer. As a result, an additional toilet was finally constructed in the school. She is currently studying in the 8th grade and nurses the ambition to become a doctor. Her parents also support her whole-heartedly and hope she will go to college.


Annadi and Gantar are Gujarat based organizations working with children engaged in child labour in the cotton growing area of Gujarat. The project envisages intervening in education, sustainable agriculture, livelihood and health specifically for migrant families and villagers in general. The project’s main objective is to make the cotton field free of the child labors, thus there are farms schools/bridge schools to engage the children in the education and then enroll them in the local government schools. This would help in eradicating child labour in the cotton field.

The project also target to elevate the living stand of the migrant and marginalize families by providing training on agro-based income generation and enhancing micro credits among the women and youths to have sustainable livelihood and income.

The project also promotes sustainable agriculture by practicing organic farming and use of safety appliances among the famers.

Abhiyan –India-16-18

Taking forward the effort of community mobilization in the last one year where some of the key achievements have been that support education systems has created learning opportunities, organized community to take up development initiative. Programmes in the second phase of the project will be implemented in 9 hamlets of Jehanabad district of Bihar where status of education and RTE implementation is still very poor. These 9 hamlets which have been identified by Abhiyan are far behind the mainstream. Education, Health, hygiene is the main problem with the Mushar community which is due to the poverty and discrimination faced by the community in large. In continuation with some of the former results the project will be continued further for 2 years with the objective of streamlining and strengthening educational and nutritional status of the Mushar children by strengthening implementation of RTE and ICDS programme in 9 Mushar hamlets the project will be continued in the same Dalit hamlets where education and health need of children will be focused and advocacy efforts will be initiated to make the service provider regular and accountable, the community will even be facilitated to take the benefits of the government schemes to improve their overall living condition.