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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.
In rural Uttar Pradesh, one woman challenges men to cover their faces with veils and then successfully execute their work.
Caught between the expense of sanitary napkins and the stigma of menstrual blood, rural women are left without viable, hygienic options and those suffering from reproductive tract infections are often led to believe that hysterectomy is their only option.
According to official figures, over 100,000 women and 50,000 children remain untraced across India. Rupa Devi and her two daughters are one of the latest missing person cases dismissed by local police.
Mending broken souls and bodies is the mission of the child rehabilitation center at Bal Ashram in Viratnagar, Rajasthan. Once child laborers have been found and rescued, a long process begins.
Naresh Biswas, a community activist, has been working tirelessly with the Baigas of Baigachak for over two decades and has persuaded 700 families to return to their traditional farming and food cultures.
A new Gallup survey reveals that 1 in 4 Indians fears losing their land or home. A beautiful film by the Place Project explores the meaning of home for indigenous and urban poor people and makes the argument for strengthening land rights of the poor.
Kashmiris react to a rash of school arson cases by setting up informal schools taught by graduate students to ensure that high school students can sit for their exams.
Women farmers offer a way to rethink our current food production system, which is heavily polluting and over-reliant on fossil fuels.
The ABCs of Child Labor...15 products touched by child labor and child slavery. How many do you use?
Here are two seemingly unrelated facts: Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries when it comes to the effects of climate change. Around 30% of girls in Bangladesh are married before their 15th birthday. Hidden Connections is a 20 minute documentary revealing how these two facts are intertwined.
Save the Children's first annual End of Childhood Index compares the latest data for 172 countries and assesses where the most and fewest children are missing out on childhoods.
The conventional view of Africa is that it is poor. In truth, far more money flows out of Africa than is paid in aid.
Western brands are making sure their supply chains of free of child labor. That's the good news. The bad news is that until garment workers are paid a living wage, their children will be in the workforce somewhere, denied a proper education, denied their childhoods. "Clean" supply chains are window dressing without a living wage for workers.
Poetry and personal testimony by children trying to regularize their immigration status.
2016 Unicef report on the 50 million children caught up in migration and war. Many of the youngest refugees have known only conflict and deprivation in their short lives. If we fail to provide them with opportunities for education and a more normal childhood, how will they be able to contribute positively to their societies? But if young refugees are accepted and protected today, if they have the chance to learn and grow, and to develop their potential, they can be a source of stability and economic progress.
Vincent Harding wrote that "the most authentic American dream is of a nation that does not yet exist, a transformed one whose complex richness we have occasionally sampled in harsh struggles for a new nation, one sometimes yearned for as “a more perfect union.”
Stakeholders in the movement to impose a financial transactions tax explain how it would work.
The Australian Government is choosing to subject women, men and children to an elaborate and cruel system of abuse with a policy that is intentionally designed to harm people, as highlighted in the new report issued by Amnesty International, leaving refugees to rot on the stony island of Nauru offshore. The local population abuses them with impunity, and authorities have ignored numerous cases of self-harm and assault of children.
More than three people were killed a week in 2015 defending their land, forests and rivers against destructive industries. Global Witness report On Dangerous Ground documented 185 killings across 16 countries – by far the highest annual death toll on record and more than double the number of journalists killed in the same period.
Juvenile Law Center today released a groundbreaking national report, Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System.