The Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) aims to reduce slavery and trafficking in Bihar, with a focus on building local capacity, strengthening local institutions and leadership abilities and fostering sustainable rural development.
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Integrated Development Foundation (IDF) will work with Freedom Fund support in one district of Bihar, aiming to reduce slavery and trafficking in 15 new villages as well as continuing work in past locations, as needed.
IDF will empower the most vulnerable families and those who are experiencing modern slavery by supporting access to improved incomes and helping to remove family members from situations of bonded labour. To increase resistance to forms of slavery in these communities, it will perform plays, facilitate wall writing and provide audiovisuals on issues of trafficking, safe migration, legal rights, and government entitlements.
IDF will also help community members to form Village Surveillance Committees to identify and prevent slavery and trafficking. IDF will provide non-formal education, life skills and human rights awareness to children and adolescents, with a view to re-enrolling children in formal schools. They will also provide livelihoods training for adolescent girls. IDF will train women’s self-help groups in income generating activities and in how to run their groups effectively. They will equip the women to take a lead in raising slavery and trafficking issues within their community. IDF will train local government officials and village leaders in prevention and responses to trafficking, the right to education, safer migration, and government entitlements. They will hold workshops for officials to enable effective support for recovery of victims.
The Integrated Development Fund (IDF) will work with 30 villages in the Muzzafarpur district in Bihar to identify the most vulnerable families and those who are experiencing modern slavery. IDF will empower these individuals to become part of village surveillance committees and economic self-help groups to combat the root causes of slavery, enabling the self-sufficiency of their families with the aim of removing them from situations of bonded labour and protecting against trafficking.
The organisation’s 2018/2019 Freedom Fund project aims to reduce slavery and trafficking in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar. Through this project, IDF will work to address forced labour and debt bondage in communities, empowering socially excluded populations through awareness raising, livelihoods training, provision of non-formal education, and strengthening of community and self-help groups. IDF will also facilitate networking and collaboration between government agencies and a range of stakeholders at panchayat, block and district levels.