Through its partnership with the Freedom Fund, Regions Beyond Medical Union Society (Duncan Hospital) seeks to reduce individuals’ vulnerability to slavery in 27 villages in one district of Bihar.
Photo credit: Ginny Baumann/Freedom Fund
Regions Beyond Medical Union Society (Duncan Hospital) will conduct a detailed prevalence study in two blocks of East Champaran, Bihar to guide its future work. It will continue its work to alert women self-help group members, male migrant workers, and adolescents and children to issues of trafficking and child slavery.
Through its partnership with the Freedom Fund, Regions Beyond Medical Union Society (Duncan Hospital) aims to reduce individuals’ vulnerability to slavery in 27 villages and five wards of towns in one district of Bihar.
It will create Community Freedom Groups (CFGs) which will develop a close understanding of causes of slavery in each area, and will then decide on collective actions, including building up systems for protecting migrant workers. The CFGs will federate together to share learnings and best practices.
Duncan Hospital will also form child clubs and adolescent group in the targeted communities, helping them get greater benefit from schools and from non-formal education. Working through self-help groups, the program will enable families to improve their economic condition by identifying viable income generating activities and learning new vocational skills.
In its 2018-2019 project, Regions Beyond Medical Union Society (Duncan Hospital) will continue working in East Champaran District to reduce vulnerability to modern slavery and human trafficking. The organisation will focus on areas close to the border of Nepal, which often act as key transit points for human trafficking. It will continue to support a range of community groups, including community vigilance groups, child and adolescent groups and child protection committees, as well as implement the Community Maturity Tool (with assistance from Free the Slaves) to understand and track the communities’ ability to sustainably resist situations of trafficking, child labour, bonded labour and unsafe migration. Regions Beyond Medical Union Society will also provide livelihoods trainings and education support through 27 non-formal education centres. Government stakeholders will also be trained on the challenges of, and possible solutions to, human trafficking, child labour and bonded labour.