Centre Direct is working with the Freedom Fund to reduce vulnerability of marginalised community members in villages near the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar. The organisation focuses on education, income generation activities and strengthening government mechanisms to prevent trafficking and enable survivors to rebuild their lives.
Photo credit: Suzanne Lee, Legatum Limited, 2018.
As a Freedom Fund partner, the Centre for Documentation, Information, Research, Education, Communication & Training (Centre Direct) is working to reduce the vulnerability of marginalised community members in villages, including 20 new locations, near the Indo-Nepal border in Bihar. Seeking to identify individual cases of slavery and facilitate their liberation, Centre Direct is focusing on education, income generation activities and strengthening government activities to prevent trafficking and enable survivors to rebuild their lives.
The Centre for Documentation, Information, Research, Education, Communication & Training (Centre DIRECT) will use this grant to reduce the vulnerability of the most marginalised community members in 100 villages near the Indo-Nepal border. They will undertake this through education, income generation and training of village government leaders. Centre DIRECT will also identify 800 cases of slavery and aim to rescue at least 150 victims from different slavery situations.
In partnership with the Human Liberty Network, the Centre for Documentation, Information, Research, Education, Communication & Training (Centre DIRECT) aims to achieve effective collaboration with key stakeholders in order to address slavery and trafficking in the Northern India hotspot.
For example, Centre DIRECT will facilitate the capacity building of Child Welfare Committee members and undertake a training course for all staff of partner organisations who work on legal issues related to human trafficking.
Centre DIRECT’s 2018/2019 project will be implemented in 20 villages in Sitamarhi and Sheohar Districts with the aim of preventing human trafficking and helping survivors of slavery to reintegrate into their communities. The organisation will support 20 existing Community Vigilance Committees with capacity building trainings, and, through Village Information Centres, support community members to access government services. Centre DIRECT will also continue operating Non-Formal Education centres where 750 new out-of-school children will participate in classes. 20 life-skills centres will offer adolescent girls an opportunity to learn about relevant topics such as adolescent health, safety, early marriage and safer migration. Female beneficiaries will also participate in training programs focused on providing women with marketable skills and opportunities for income generation such as mushroom production and goat rearing.
Centre Direct’s 2018/2019 ‘Stone Quarry’ project will be implemented in 13 villages in Gaya and Rohtas Districts to combat human trafficking, bonded labour and child labour. This will include work in the Sasaram stone quarry where there is a particularly high incidence of child labour and bonded labour. Centre DIRECT will provide reintegration and rehabilitation services to victims of trafficking, offering a range of education and livelihood support. It will continue to support an existing Non-Formal Education centre and add two new centres in areas close to operational stone quarries offering classes on life skills, reading, writing and maths. Marketable job skills and trades will be developed among adolescent survivors and at-risk youth to help obtain employment and earn a fair and sustainable income. Self-help groups will be supported with leadership and management training. Moreover, Centre DIRECT will also support existing self-help group members with leadership and management training. It will also identify 100 women with minimum income generation opportunities and/or those working in stone quarries, and support with training, follow-up support and start-up income to establish basic income generating activities.