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Workcamp supporting the promotion of children rights

Organization: FSL-India

Application: Volunteers must apply to our partner organizations in their own country.

Duration: Limited projects are available and most require a minimum application of two months.

Placements: We will complete the placements of volunteers within a week of receiving the application. Volunteers can apply for an L/MTV program for a minimum of one month.

Information: FSL-India will send the required Information to the volunteers – including a pre-arrival letter, project profile, info sheet, general information and travel details. This information will be sent to the volunteers at least one month in advance.

Participation Fee: 14,500 Indian Rupees for each month

Arrivals: Volunteers arrive at Kundapur or Bangalore by the first Monday of each month.

Accommodation for Volunteers: accommodation for volunteers can either be at the project, in a local host family, as a Paying guest, in a hostel –depending on the project, location and availability.

Orientation week: The program will start with a week-long orientation. Depending on the volunteer’s project location, the Orientation will be held either in Kundapur or Bangalore. This information will be sent to the volunteer at least a month in advance.

Registration: The registration will be completed during the first week of arrival.

Projects: Following the orientation week, volunteers will join their respective projects in different locations, depending on the placement.

Monitoring: Each volunteer is allocated a LTV Coordinator on his/her arrival who is a staff of FSL-India and he/she supports the volunteer in their project, and monitors the progress during their voluntary service through monitoring visits, LTV Cultural Meet, one to one sessions, emails, phone calls, reports etc. Monthly Project visits are also made by the LTV Coordinators during the placement where ever possible.

It’s every Child’s right to have a joyful childhood and grow up in a safe and nurturing environment with protection and guidance from their guardians. Whether in the cities or in villages, at home or in schools, every child deserves a childhood free from exploitation and abuse. Children are the hope and future of a nation. Yet, there are millions deprived children in our country who have never known a normal, carefree childhood. The problem of child labour is a serious social matter that needs to be addressed sooner. With an officially estimated 4.3 million children engaged in hazardous occupations (2011 Census), India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world. They are employed in many industries and trades, including garments, footwear, brick kilns, stainless steel, hotels, and textile shops, glass blowing, fireworks and matches, brassware, electro-plating, lead mining, stone quarrying, lock making and beedi rolling (indigenous cigarette in which tobacco is rolled in a tendu leaf).There are legislations that have been enacted to prevent child labour in India. Many NGOs across the country are working for elimination of child labour and promotion child rights. Prevention strategies adopted include rescue, relief and rehabilitation interventions designed by NGOs and other actors with education, health, alternative livelihoods.

As a volunteer you will be associated with a community organisation that is involved in:

• Special health care programs for children living on the streets,

• Exposing exploitative child labour practices, and Ensuring children join residential bridge schools and vocational training programs for children above 14 years.

• Conducting awareness campaigns.

• Facilitating training and capacity building for the parents and community workers.

• Prevention/rehabilitation of child labour & Counselling.

• Conducting surveys, documentations, designing appropriate IEC (Information, Education and Communication).

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