Global March Against Child Labour Organisations

ecommended Organizations

M Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MVF), Secunderabad (from Neera Burra, UNDP, New Delhi)
Contact: Venkat Reddy or Dr. Shantha Sinha, 201 Narayan Apartments West Marredpall, Secunderabad 500026 Andhra Pradesh;
Tel: 91-40 2780-1320; Fax: 91- 40- 2780-8808;;
MVF has a programme linking universalisation of education and abolition of all forms of child labour, has also developed a methodology for moving children from work to school.

Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA), Orissa (from B. B. Panda, The Livelihood School, Eastern India Regional Centre, Ranchi)
Baunsuni, District Boudh 762015 Orissa; Tel.: 06841-228377;;
NGO working to eliminate child labour, spearheading a network called Child Labour Action Programme which partners with NGOs and Government agencies.

Centre on Child Labour, V. V. Giri National Labour Institute, Noida (from Srinivas Reddy, INDUS Child Labour Project, International Labour Organisation (ILO), New Delhi and from Nikhil Raj, World Food Programme, New Delhi)
Contact: Dr. Mahaveer Jain and Dr. Helen Sekar, Sector 24 Noida 201301 Uttar Pradesh; Tel.: 91-120-2411533;;
Institute engaged in research, training, and education on labour issues, the Centre supports policy makers’ efforts to eliminate child labour and ensures active cooperation of stakeholders.

Child Labour Division, Ministry of Labour and Employment, New Delhi (from Srinivas Reddy, INDUS Child Labour Project, International Labour Organisation (ILO), New Delhi and Nikhil Raj, World Food Programme, New Delhi)
Division working on child labour issues, using National Labour Policy on Child Labour Action Plan to implement legislation and projects designed to address the problem.

From Srinivas Reddy, INDUS Child Labour Project, International Labour Organization (ILO), New Delhi

INDO-USDOL (INDUS) Child Labour Project, New Delhi
ILO Sub-Regional Office for South Asia (SRO-New Delhi), India Habitat Centre, 3rd Floor, Core 4B, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003; Tel: 91-11-24602101-02-03 ext. ext. 211 or ext. 248; Fax: 91-11-24602111;,;

Project jointly funded and implemented by the Ministry of Labour, ILO and US Dept. of Labor working in 10 hazardous sectors in 21 districts (5 states) to prevent & eliminate child labour.

Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Pune
Contact: Dr. K. S. Nair, Deputy Director-General, Raj Bhavan Complex; Baner Road; Pune 411007 Maharashtra; Tel.: 020-25657360;
Functions as a resource centre on child labour, develops training manuals and modules (in Hindi and Marthi) on child labour used for sensitisation and capacity building of stakeholders in different states.

National Resource Centre on Child Labour, Central Board for Workers Education (CBWE), Nagpur
Contact: Mr. Parameswaran, Director North Ambazari Road, Nagpur 440033 Maharashtra; Tel.: 0712-2233313;
CBWE through its child labour project funds societies at the district level so they can open schools and rehabilitation centres for child labourers.

International Labour Organization (ILO), Sub-Regional Office, New Delhi
India Habitat Centre, 3rd Floor, Core 4B, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003; Tel: 91-11-24602101-02-03; Fax: 91-11-24602111;;
UN agency that has collaborated with several organizations and Child Labour Resource Centres to develop manuals and modules on child labour targeting key stakeholders.

Dr. M. Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute (MCRHRDI), Hyderabad
Road No.25, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad 500033 Andhra Pradesh; Tel.: 040-23548487; Fax: 040-23548489;;
Collaborating with ILO-IPECs Andhra Pradesh Project and National labour Institute established a State Resource Centre on Child Labour and developed Andhra Pradesh specific training materials.

Child Rights and You (CRY), New Delhi (from Bidisha Pillai, UNODC, New Delhi)
Office for Global Operations-
DDA Slum Wing, (Barat Ghar), Bapu Park, Kotla Mubarakpur, New Delhi 110003; Tel.: 91-011-2469-3137/4790/3159; Fax: 91-011-2463-2302;;
Organisation partners with grassroots-level NGOs working with children, their parents and communities on various issues including child labour.

Deepalaya, New Delhi (from Rajiv Williams)
46 Institutional Area, D-Block, Janakpuri, New Delhi 110058; Tel: 91-11-28520347/2263/5326;
NGO working with children in the areas of education, health, gender equality, disabilities and provides some institutional care to runaways and for rehabilitating former child workers.

CHILDLINE India Foundation (CIF), Mumbai (from Jyotsna Bapat, Independent Consultant, New Delhi)
2nd Floor, Nana Chowk Municipal School, Frere Bridge, Low Level, Near Grant Road Station,
Mumbai 400007 Maharashtra; Tel.: 91-22- 2388 1098/41098/71098; Fax: 91-22-2388-1098;
Acts as nerve centre for CHILDLINE, provides networking, training, research, advocacy etc., at the national and international level for children in need, including child workers.

Peace Trust, Dindigul (from S. Balakrishnan, Vrutti Livelihood Resource Centre- Unit of Catalyst Management Services, Bangalore)
Near Police Colony, Trichy Road, Dindigul 624005 Tamil Nadu; Tel.: 91- 451- 2410021/43341082;;
Identifies and motivates child workers to develop an interest in education through camps and non-formal education- subsequently introduces children into mainstream education.

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN), UK (from Archana Mehendale, Independent Researcher, Bangalore)
C/O Save the Children, 1 St John’s Lane, London EC1M 4AR, United Kingdom; Tel.: 44-20-7012 6865; Fax: 44-20-7012-6952;;
CRIN is a global network that disseminates information about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and child rights amongst NGOs, United Nations agencies, etc.

From B. K. Lalitha, Rashtriya Seva Samithi, Bangalore

Parikrma Humanity Foundation, Bangalore
1846, 3rd Main, Block ‘C’, Sahakaranagar, Bangalore 560092 Karnataka; Tel.: 91-80-363- 5225/5782; Fax: 91-80-363-5781;;
Works to provide a sustainable and scalable resource centre model for delivering quality, skilled-based education to the urban poor, has a project working with child rag pickers.

Sumangali Seva Ashram, Bangalore
Cholanayakanahalli, R. T. Nagar, Bangalore, Karnataka 560032; Tel: 3330499;
Resource centre seeks to provide needy children (including child workers) with a healthier childhood, pre-school and education, makes formal and non-formal education available.

From Sumeeta Banerji, United Nations, New Delhi

Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canada
200 Promenade du Portage, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0G4 Canada; Tel.: 819-997-5006;;
Using a rights-based approach, CIDA works to protect children’s rights through its Action Plan on Child Protection, helping child labourers is one of its priorities areas.

Association for Stimulating Know how (ASK), Gurgaon
Contact: Khilesh Chaturvedi , V – 30/3, DLF Phase III Gurgaon 122002 Haryana; Tel.: 0091-124-4060353/4; Fax: 0091-124-4060355;,;
Sankalp Unit runs a program addressing the roots of child labor in a comprehensive manner, it uses innovative multi-pronged approach to wean children from work and mainstream them into education.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), New Delhi (from Samphe Lhalungpa and Nikhil Raj, World Food Programme, New Delhi)
73 Lodhi Estate, New Delhi 110003
Child Protection Programme focuses mainly on three areas of intervention: child labour, child trafficking, and children in difficult circumstances, and ensuring access to education.

Kelappaji College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, Tavanur (from P. K. Thampan, P
eekay Tree Crops Development Foundation, Kochi)

Tavanur, Malappuram 679573 Kerala; Tel.: 0494-2686009/214;;
Previously a “Rural Institution” now an agricultural college, implemented an “Earn-While-You-Learn Scheme” to help poor students attend school and at the same time work.

From Sagarika Gnanaolivu, Research Associate

Child Workers in Asia, Thailand
120/16 Soi Sukhumvit 23, Klongtoey-Nua, Wattana Bangkok 10110 Thailand; Tel: 662-662-3866-8; Fax: 662-261-2339;;
Facilitates sharing of expertise and experiences between NGOs and collaborates with other organizations to jointly respond to the exploitation of working children in the region.

Butterflies, New Delhi
U-4, Green Park Ext., New Delhi 110016;;
Butterflies has been providing alternative education and shelters for street and working children who have either no motivation or access to schools.

Recommended Documentation

CHILDLINE National Resource Directory (from Jyotsna Bapat, Independent Consultant, New Delhi)
CHILDLINE India Foundation and PLAN International
To avail of a copy contact Childline at Tel: 022-23881098/41098
Directory published in four volumes lists all the organisations, mostly NGOs, across the country in cities and by the types of services they offer.

From Binay Pattanayak, Technical Support Group, SSA, New Delhi (response 1)

Folk High Schools
Ministry of Science Technology and Information, Denmark
Note on Folk High Schools use “non-formal education” approach, focusing on individual student’s development and general education, to help working children receive an education.

Anton Makarenko (1888-1939)
By G.N. Filonov; UNESCO: International Bureau of Education; 2000 (Size: 37.9 KB)
Article on Makarenkos educational philosophy and theory in Soviet Russia, includes discussion on Gorky colony school approach to educating children.

The Case for School Choice: Denmark
The Fraser Institute; September 1999…..
Note on one type of Danish progressive schools that emphasize group work and individual responsibility.

United Nations System in India: Initiatives for Child Labour Prevention, Elimination and Rehabilitation 1998-2003 (from Neera Burra, UNDP, New Delhi)
By Bupinder Zutshi; United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Child Labour (IAWG-CL); June 2004 (Size: 2.1 MB)
Report on IAWG-CL efforts over 5 years, included profiles of partner organizations working on child labour issues, MV Foundation’s excellent work as a resource centre highlighted.

The End of Child Labour: Within Reach (from Sarah Figge, UNDP, New Delhi)*
International Labour Organization Office, Geneva; 2006….. (Size: 1.1 MB)
Report outlines the child labour situation globally and lays outs specific steps for eliminating child labour.

From Sumeeta Banerji, Resource Person

The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 and Rules (Act No. 61 of 1986)
Ministry of Labour, Government of India; December 23, 1986
Act outlines the occupations and processes where child labour is prohibited in India, and the specific regulations governing child labour.

The UN System in India: Position Paper on Child Labour
United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Child Labour (IAWG-CL); August 2000 (Size: 2.6 MB)
IAWG-CL (composed of 8 agencies) formed to find complementary and coordinated approaches to the elimination of child labour among the UN-supported programmes in India.

From Amit Kaushik, Resource Person

A Decade of ILO-India Partnerships: Towards a Future without Child Labour (1992-2002)
International Labour Organization; 2004
Click here to read (Size: 979 KB)
Publication presents a review of the substantial number of international programmes designed to eliminate child labour carried out from 1992 to 2002 in India.

International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) Action Against Child Labour 2002-2003 – Progress and Future Priorities
International Labour Organization; 2004 (Size: 583 KB)
Report covers both the 2002-
3 results of the IPEC and the Programme’s major actions against child labour.

Child Labour and India
Embassy of India, Washington, DC
Document provides an overview of the issue of child labour and policy initiatives in India.

Elementary Education and Child Labour in India
By Gerard Oonk; India Committee in the Netherlands; July 1998
Click here to read (Size: 154 KB)
Paper explores the relation between elementary education and the phenomenon of child labour in India.

Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
United Nations General Assembly; 1990 (Size: 112 KB)
International Convention contains several “foundation principles” including non-discrimination, best interests of the child, right to survival and development.

Recommended Contacts and Experts

From Sumeeta Banerji, United Nations, New Delhi

Girish Godbole, Country Director-India, Save the Children Canada (SCC)
4141 Yonge Street, Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M2P 2A8, Canada; Tel: 416-221-5501; Fax: 416-221-8214;
Recommended for experience working on child labour issues in India, as former Head of SCC’s Field Office which implemented the Child Workers’ Opportunities Project.

Ramesh Awasthi, Trustee and Co-Convenor, Masum
41 Kubera Bihar, D-1, Gadital, Hadapsar, Pune 411028 Maharashtra; Tel.: 020-26875058;
Recommended for experience monitoring child labour projects, especially as external monitor for SCC’s Child Workers’ Opportunities Project.

Kim Kerr, Acting Deputy Director Programs, Save the Children Canada (SCC)
4141 Yonge Street, Suite 300, Toronto, ON, M2P 2A8, Canada; Tel: 416-221-5501; Fax: 416-221-8214;
Recommended for experience working on child labour issues, and specially work as a Project Officer on SCC’s Child Workers’ Opportunities Project.

Recommended Portals and Websites

From Sarah Figge, UNDP, New Delhi*

Global March Against Child Labour
Portal provides with links to a range of resources on child labour including reports and articles from across the world.

Recommended Upcoming Event

World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), June 2007
Day observed worldwide around June 12th every year, intended to serve as a catalyst and awareness building event for worldwide movements against child labour.

Related Past Consolidated Reply

Coverage of Child Labour Families in BPL List , from Srinivas Reddy, ILO-IPEC INDUS Child Labour Project, ILO, New Delhi (Experiences). Work and Employment Community. Issued 14 June 2006
Provides examples, lists processes, studies and methodology of participatory projects and methods which identify the poor effectively.

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