FVTRS
FVTRS: With Assistance from FVTRS (Functional Vocational Training and Research Society – Bangalore) 75 school dropouts are trained in Jute Bag making, Cell phone repair and Beautician courses. Out of 75 trained 31 have started self-employment and 17 have got placements locally. 

Child labour:
Childhood is a time for being nurtured. It is a time for play, education and positive social experiences with family and friends. BUT, when there is child labour, none of this is true. There are many children who spend their childhood being forced to work. Children who do not go to school are more likely to take up hard labour. All outofschool children are therefore considered as potential child labourers.

 

In order to tackle the problem of child labour in India and Ministry of Labour and Employment took a three prong approach. First was to set up a legal framework for prohibition and regulation of child labour. Second was to use various development programmes to address the needs of working children. And third was to set up the National Child Labour Project (NCLP). The objective of this project is to eliminate child labour in hazardous industries by 2010. The complete elimination of labour is a gradual aim of the project.

Under this scheme, the target group is all children below 14 years of age who are working in occupations and processes listed in the Schedule to the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) Act, 1986 or occupations and processes that are harmful to the health of the child. As per the 10th plan the following activities were taken up under the purview of NCLP:

Indira PriyadarsiniWomen’s Welfare Association (IPWWA) has been involved in NCLP program from 2year 2000 to 2008, informal education; health checkups and mainstream with Government schools were taken up. More than 3500 girl child labour mainstreamed with NCLP program. Child labor program also continued with DPEP assistance.

 

Self employment
 IPWWA has organized 1055 self help groups in 3 mandalsand conducted many vocational trainings with NABARD, CAPART, FVTRS, APCOST, JSS, NYK assistance. After conduct of trainings IPWWA prepared individual project profiles and submitted funding agencies like banks, RMK, NHFDC for initial credit support. Minimum support came from local Banks, RMK & NHFDC. IPWWA has acted as Business correspondent to HDFC Bank and provided Rs 3 .75 crores to 228 groups for income generation. They are thoroughly followed from production to marketing. Sustainable marketing linkages were provided to groups. Their product has given wide publicity through exhibitions / Melas. More than 2500 women are now engaged in self-employment activities like Beautician, Tie & Dye, Sari Rolling, Tailoring, Spiral binding etc.