Prayas seeks to protect children’s rights, help them meet their basic needs and to expand opportunities to achieve their full potential. Through its involvement in the Freedom Fund hotspot, Prayas is working to reduce different forms of slavery through effective implementation of child protection laws and concerted efforts with officials and community members to rescue and reintegrate victims.
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This grant will help PRAYAS to rescue large numbers of children from trafficking situations on railways and other transit locations, providing skills training and reintegration. They will also work with officials to implement child protection laws in the Samastipur, Patna and Raxaul districts of Bihar.
In 2017, Prayas Juvenile Aid Centre (Prayas) will continue to build upon the momentum created through its strategic support for government bodies and key stakeholders. Collaborating directly with Freedom Fund partner organizations in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu, this will include providing information in relation to existing national and state-level schemes and policies related to forced labour, including child labour; supporting the provision of data to government regarding the list of hazardous industries in which the use of child labour is prohibited; and supporting the wider information needs about trafficking issues of business representatives and of the Niti Aayog.
While the majority of Prayas’ national-level collaboration with the government will be focused in Delhi, it will also support the Bihar government, an identified source state, as well as Rajasthan and Karnataka – identified destination states for individuals trafficked from Bihar. Prayas currently has a working presence in each of these states, which, along with the grassroots work and input of Freedom Fund partner organisations, will enable the organisation to leverage expertise and experience at the community level for informing government bodies.
Through its involvement in the Freedom Fund hotspot, Prayas is working to reduce different forms of slavery through effective implementation of child protection laws and concerted efforts with officials and community members, especially in 4 districts of Bihar.
Prayas will continue to enable community members to identify victims, and activate official rescues to remove children from slavery in brick kilns, tea shops etc, seeking to rescue a further 360 children. Prayas will also continue to conduct rescues at railway stations. Prayas will provide services to 840 children at 3 shelter homes and drop in centres, including therapy and counselling for 250. They will create Individual Care Plans for every repatriated child, sometimes admitting children to rehabilitation centres run by Prayas, or else into bridge schools, or for other kinds of support as needed. They will help survivors pursue legal justice in approximately 90 new and 50 continuing cases. They will sensitise and guide 305 local teachers and education officers to enable the sustained school attendance of returned children.
Through its 2018-2019 project, Prayas will seek to reduce cases of forced labour, child labour, and bonded labour. It will provide support to child protection committees, critical information and resources to community members about child rights, child protection and safer migration, and encourage the enrolment of children in school. In order to promote community resilience, Prayas will implement a resilience-focused training program for survivors and support survivor-led initiatives to reduce the socio-economic vulnerability of at-risk communities. Five micro-resource community centres will be established to provide project beneficiaries with non-formal education classes, life-skills, vocational training and para-legal services. Prayas will also continue to run shelter homes in Samastipur and Raxaul, providing comprehensive rehabilitation support to child survivors, as well as seek to improve support to survivors liberated at transit points. Frontline workers will be trained on how to incorporate best practices in rescues and recovery support, including trauma-informed interventions.