Saturday, July 11, 2009

Agony of working child

Have you ever thought about this? My visit to MVF forced me to think about those children who are forced to work mainly due to poverty. My concern around this is mainly because of it being the most innocent phase in one’s life. It is that stage of life when the foundations are laid for a successful adult life. It is the phase when we are carefree, fun-loving, learning, playing. If we go back into our childhood, for most of us, there are beautiful memories. But for the children who are forced into work from childhood, there are no such memories.

I recently visited an NGO, MVF, which works on the same line. The experience was pleasant as well as a stirring. I was shocked by the reality presented during my visit which negated the popular belief that poor parents don’t want their children to be educated.

MVF work is entirely based on the strategies to change these beliefs. My visit to MVF was pleasant as well as a stirring experience. The ground level work of the voluntaries, who go door-to-door, talking with every person about the ill-effects of child labor and motivating them to send their children to school is unique in itself. They also used other mediums like street plays, public meetings, padyatras along with face to face communication to mobilize the masses. This showed their commitment towards the cause. The result of their commitment and sincerity of MVF work can be seen in the smiles of the girls who are leading a comparatively comfortable and happier life.

One-to-one conversation with the girls who came from different backgrounds was not only informative but also demystifying. Girls were excited to meet us and willing to shell out their experiences and feelings with us. We were especially introduced to girls who are going to appear for the seventh class examination. They seemed both excited and nervous but confident about their preparation. During our conversation, one of the girl of approximately 7-8 years of age, who was a beggar, shared her troubled past and expressed the desire to be an inspector so as to prevent children from begging. Another instance which showed their level of insight was our meeting with the girls attending the final level of bridge course. One of the girls raised question on the necessity of our project and its impact on the society. She asked us to bring at least one girl to the hostel and to help in releasing her from child labor.

As a whole, my visit to the working site of MVF left me thinking of the options I can contribute to causes like this.

1 comment:

  1. Its True........
    I am really teriffied to c conditions of children in mumbai..
    i appreciate ur effort to bring this up..do these MVF people work in mumbai too??

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