Adithi is a non-profit organisation working towards the empowerment and socio-economic development of marginalised communities. In its work with the Freedom Fund, Adithi is seeking to achieve a significant reduction in the prevalence of slavery, especially bonded labour of families and resulting child trafficking.
Photo credit: Alice Smeets, Legatum Limited, 2018.
In its work with the Freedom Fund, Adithi is seeking to achieve a significant reduction in the prevalence of slavery, especially bonded labour of families and resulting child trafficking.
Adithi is focusing closely on 35 villages in three districts of Bihar, forming community vigilance committees and increasing the ability of these groups to tackle root causes of vulnerability to slavery. Adithi specifically targets these activities to adolescents (especially through non-formal education centres and outreach to schools) and women’s self-help groups.
Additionally, in an effort to promote sustainable livelihoods for survivors of human trafficking and bonded labour, Adithi is providing skills and small business training as well as information regarding individuals’ legal rights and the government welfare schemes available to them. Adithi will rescue children and adults identified through community vigilance as well as other local networks and helplines, and will then assist survivors in working towards recovery and reintegration. Adithi will train other NGOs for improved anti-slavery responses.
Adithi aims to combat vulnerability to slavery through a comprehensive approach in 35 villages of three districts in Bihar: Sitamarhi, Gopalgunj and Siwan.
This approach will include raising awareness of slavery amongst 700 vulnerable families, mapping 35 villages in three districts to identify the prevalence of slavery and giving over 200 individuals education on health, legal provisions and governance schemes which will help to reduce their vulnerability to trafficking and slavery.
In its 2018-2019 project, Adithi will continue working in the Gopalgani, Siwan and Sitamarhi districts of Bihar to combat bonded labour, child labour and human trafficking. It will strengthen existing Community Vigilance Committees, facilitate access to health care, provide education to migrant workers and life skills training to out-of-school adolescents. Adithi will also focus on identifying and addressing cases of missing persons from the project area. It will pursue convictions of those accused in new missing person cases as well as pending legal cases related to human trafficking, child labour, bonded labour and unsafe migration.