Through its partnership with the Freedom Fund, the Institute for Development Education and Action (IDEA) aims for a significant reduction in slavery and trafficking in 25 villages in East Champaran District, Bihar. IDEA has been working in these villages for the last three years with the aim of increasing the independence of the communities to collectively resist and address situations of human trafficking.
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This grant enabled all of the Bihar Freedom Fund partners to meet to identify activities that would strengthen coordinated action by the partners.
The Institute for Development Education and Action (IDEA) aims to reduce human trafficking and slavery in the most vulnerable communities of East Champaran in Bihar. To address trafficking, IDEA undertakes community mobilisation for economic empowerment, youth group formation, vocational training for trafficking victims, training support for officials to take up their responsibilities, as well as rescue and help with recovery.
Institute for Development Education and Action (IDEA) aims for a significant reduction in slavery and trafficking in 25 villages in one district of Bihar. It will do this by establishing or strengthening Community Vigilance Committees, especially helping families to become resilient against slavery by accessing key government entitlements. They will also use films and interactive theatre to increase awareness of forced labour and trafficking.
IDEA will enable children who are 6-14 to attend alternative education centres aiming to re-enrol them in the formal education system. Other school-age children will be encouraged to continue to attend school and participate in children’s clubs, with a focus on slavery and trafficking.
In order to improve livelihood opportunities, IDEA will provide a wide range of trainings for appropriate income generating activities for youth, followed by micro-enterprise support. They will help adults to form self-help groups to save together and provide loans for emergencies and for income generation activities.
At village level, they will activate the official Village Child Protection Committees. IDEA will hold meetings and workshops with government officials to coordinate services available to victims of slavery and trafficking and vulnerable populations. They will offer legal support to victims of slavery and trafficking to facilitate cases through the court proceedings.
With this grant, IDEA aims to reduce human trafficking and slavery in the most vulnerable communities of East Champaran in Bihar. IDEA will support 25 community Vigilance Committees to collectively advocate with government officials for the rights of marginalised community members, as well as support community understanding of human trafficking and access to government entitlements and schemes. Moreover, adolescents and young adults aged 15-25 will be empowered and helped to earn increased income through engagement in sporting events, cultural activities, vocational training and income generating activities. Younger out-of-school children aged 6-14 will be encouraged to enrol in non-formal education classes at 12 Alternative Education Centres. 25 Child Protection Committees will be formed in each village, through which members will gain an increased understanding of child development, rights and legal protections. 8 temporary village working committees will also be formed to assist landless families to develop their bargaining power and collectively advocate for their right to land. Alongside these project activities, IDEA will also seek to strengthen the capacity of health service providers and accelerate referral services for pregnant women, adolescents and children in local communities.