For over thirty years, Kailash Satyarthi, with the support of his wife Sumedha, led a singular and sometimes solitary movement to put an end to the scourge of child labor, human slavery and trafficking.
Recent events abroad have breathed new life into the FTT which continues to offer the most progressive way to raise significant revenues.
Today we are on our way to the city to film what we can of a raid and rescue mission of fifty children enslaved and hidden in a bangle factory.
Morning starts for the boys at Bal Ashram with exercise, prayer, laughter and yoga practice on a beautiful roof terrace above their dormitory. Yoga is taught by a former student and by Sumedha Kailash who both runs Bal ashram and is the mother figure for all these rescued boys.
Len met Noman and his older brother Rizwan at Bal Ashram, while filming at the home for boys rescued from trafficking and slavery in Rajasthan, India. They had just arrived from Delhi and were still in a relative state of shock at their new surroundings.
Standing outside a police station in Jaipur, Rajasthan, waiting to film a carefully planned raid and rescue of children trafficked from the poorest areas of India to make bangle bracelets for the tourist industry, I am reminded of being offered these just yesterday touring Jaipur’s Amber Fort.
It is the day Kailash and Sumedha arrive at Bal Ashram. As Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, yesterday Kailash met with world leaders at six different locations and today has flown from Bangladesh to Delhi, driven four hours from Delhi to Viratnagar and Bal Ashram and is now engulfed in boys as the car arrives. No rest for the weary – though “weary” is never a description for Kailash or his wife, Sumedha.
There is a small boy we have noticed at Bal Ashram from day one. He does not jog around the exercise yard with the others.
Vikky, a former child slave growing up at Bal Ashram.
Love is a living force at Bal Ashram.