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Southern India

In the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, from August 2015, the Freedom Fund is supporting a program bringing together community-based and workplace-based action against forms of bonded labour that persist in some parts of the textile industry.

Thirteen NGOs are working together, and in over 400 communities they are reducing adolescents’ vulnerability to exploitation, helping survivors to rebuild their lives and developing support from village and district government. To tackle the causes of vulnerability, community groups in each location help the poorest families to improve their income and know their rights. The program will work with local and international businesses to negotiate the development of worker support groups inside spinning mills.

Click here to read more about the Southern India hotspot. The 2016 impact report for the Southern India hotspot can be viewed here.

LIVES IMPACTED 45,689
NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIBERATED 666
NUMBER OF AT-RISK CHILDREN IN SCHOOL 625
COST PER PERSON $47
Total Invested$2.42m

Metric

Total

Lives impacted

Number of active, regular participants of programs supported by the Freedom Fund. Includes members of community vigilance committees, self-help groups, individuals rescued from slavery, and those given educational, psychosocial or income generation services. Excludes those provided with one-time information.

45,689

Total invested

Total funds invested in hotspot programs since the Freedom Fund’s inception.

$2,423,912

Cost per person

Average cost of community interventions per active, regular participant. Excludes grants made to partners working indirectly, e.g. at international policy level or for research and evaluation purposes. Excludes grants made for research and evaluation purposes.

$47

Victims liberated

Number of people liberated from any form of slavery, be it through gradual change of circumstance or shorter “rescue event”. The Freedom Fund’s approach is to only support liberations where services for survivor recovery are provided. We formalised this policy with partners in July 2016. Prior to this date a small proportion of reported liberations may not have included follow-up support.

Survivor recovery services are provided (by Freedom Fund partner or other agency) to ensure the individual can resettle with their family or independently, and can access socio-economic and legal assistance to ensure their freedom can be sustained.

666

Community freedom groups supported

Number of active, local groups, including community vigilance committees and self-help savings and loans groups, formed or supported by Freedom Fund partners.

1,759

At-risk children in school

Number of previously out-of-school children in slavery-affected communities now attending formal or informal education as a result of Freedom Fund support.

625

Graduates of vocational training

Number of slavery survivors or highly vulnerable individuals completing vocational training courses provided or referred by Freedom Fund partners.

918

Micro-enterprises started

Number of slavery survivors or highly vulnerable individuals who have started micro-enterprises as a result of Freedom Fund support

336

Survivors accessing psychosocial services

Number of slavery survivors and victims provided with psychosocial support services to help them recover from mental trauma and avoid falling back into situations of extreme exploitation.

1,102

Individuals with new access to gov't services

Number of people supported by our partners who gain new access to government entitlements such as employment rights, school places, pensions, compensation payments, ID cards, and land rights.

1,952

Legal cases assisted

Number of individual legal cases that our partners provide any kind of support to, including advice, testimony, direct litigation, and witness protection.

154

Arrests

Number of arrests of traffickers and slaveholders in which one or more Freedom Fund partners played a key supporting role.

2

Media stories

Number of media stories about slavery and trafficking that can be attributed to the Freedom Fund or its partners’ efforts to generate attention to the issue.

170

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OUR PARTNERS

Centre for Action and Rural Education
Child Voice
Ethical Trading Initiative
Novo Media
Organisation of Development Action and Maintenance
Peace Trust
Rights Education and Development Centre
Serene Secular Social Service Society
Society for Peoples Education and Economic Change
The Salem Don Bosco Anbu Illam Social Service Society
Tamil Nadu Multistakeholder Initiative
Trust for Education and Social Transformation
Vaan Muhil Trust
Vizhuthgal Social Education and Development Trust
Women’s Organisation for Rural Development
Women’s Organsiation in Rural Development


RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

The Freedom Fund commissioned the Association for Stimulating Know-How (ASK India) to undertake a feasibility study on developing a program within the textile industry in Tamil Nadu.

ASK Feasibility study

The Institute of Development Studies is carrying out a comprehensive participatory evaluation of the Southern India hotspot program.

Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex


SUCCESS STORIES

A women’s cooperative resists bonded labour of adolescents in southern India.
The Freedom Fund has now begun to fund this organisation.