Background & Rational of the Project:
Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world. The time when a child might be grown-up with affection of parents, they have to go to school, in that time a large number of children of our country go out to arrange their food. Stern reality is that they are far away from their rights of education, health, dwelling, protection, recreation, affection and love.
Major causes of child labour are found:
According to the survey of 2003 a total of 74.2 lacs children are working in our country among them 12.91 lacs (1.3 million) children working in hazardous condition.
It is very much difficult to eradicate the child labour totally because the parents of the vulnerable children are not aware and present economic condition does not permit to withdraw from hazardous works without creating alternative sources. VAFWSD identified different problems of child workers working in automobile, lathe, welding, metal and steel & iron foundry workshops (Identified hazardous sectors of Bangladesh Govt.).
The major problems were found as follows:
VAFWSD-MJF Joint Initiative:
Considering this situation, working experience with MJF on child rights issues and willingness to prevent children from work/hazardous works, VAFWSD Initiated the “Promotion Rights and Empowerment of Vulnerable Children & Children Working in Hazardous Condition” project with the support of MJF for the period from August 2013- December 2016.
Geographical location : 20 Wards of 7 Thanas ((Vatara, Tejgaon, Ramna, Shajahanpur,
Motijheel, Gandaria, Jatrabari) under Dhaka City Corporation
Targeted Beneficiaries : 2100 vulnerable children of 6 and above years old and 2900
children from 8 to below 18 years working in hazardous condition
Project Period : August 2013- December 2016
Budget : Tk. 27,995,336
Supported by : Manusher Jonno Foundation
Goal of the project : Hazardous Child Labour Free Bangladesh
a) To withdraw children from GoB listed hazardous workplaces.
b) To create conducive working environment for the working children who are lawfully eligible to work in
c) To protect vulnerable children entering into labour market.