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Rajasthan

Hotspot start date: July 2018

The Rajasthan hotspot is implementing a Child Labour Free Jaipur Program that aims to progressively eliminate child labour through a united strategy involving apparel and handicraft businesses, the state government, enforcement systems and communities.

The hotspot is distinctive in promoting cooperation between Rajasthan and the state of Bihar to remove children in Jaipur from exploitation in workshops, pursue justice against traffickers and give comprehensive reintegration support to the children in their home state. The program also has a major focus on outreach and partnership with local businesses to create systems change in business supply chains.

Read the Rajasthan hotspot six-month progress report.

Click here to read more about the Rajasthan hotspot.

Our impact as of December 2018

LIVES IMPACTED 3,249
NUMBER OF PEOPLE LIBERATED 623
NUMBER OF AT-RISK CHILDREN IN SCHOOL 233
COMMUNITY FREEDOM GROUPS SUPPORTED 69
Total Invested1.2m

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OUR PARTNERS

Prayas JAC Society
TAABAR Society (Training Awareness and Behaviour Change about Health and Rehabilitation Society)
Labour Education and Development Society (LEDS)
Centre for Child Protection, Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice (CCP)
Indus Tree Crafts Foundation
GoodWeave India Trust
SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association) Bharat
Praxis Institute for Participatory Practices
PointNine Lintas
Darma Commsol Pvt Ltd

Many of our Bihar partners are part of this program because they reintegrate returning children and prevent trafficking of children to Jaipur.


RESEARCH AND EVALUATION

The Freedom Fund has funded several research studies to guide the hotspot’s work.

The following research projects are completed:

  • 2017 scoping study to determine in which sectors in Rajasthan there is greatest scope for bringing about significant change in eliminating child labour, and which strategies and tools are most effective within the different sectors.
  • Business supply chains research: Business Strategies for a Child Labour-Free Jaipur: The Opportunity for Jaipur Handicrafts to Shift from a Low-Productivity to a High-Productivity Production System. (Executive Summary and Full Report).
  • Report on the profiles of children rescued in Jaipur 2015 – 2017.
  • Report on the strategy design for neighbourhood initiative against child labour.

The following research is being completed:

  • A baseline study with two primary objectives: (1) to assess the status of government actions on the issue of child labour in Jaipur; (2) to measure the reduction of child labour in key industries and evaluate whether business norms are shifting.

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.

3,249

Total invested

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

1.2m

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.

623

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.

69

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.

233

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.

300

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.

65

Arrests

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

53

Changes in public policy

Number of changes to public policy attributable in part to Freedom Fund partners.

3

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