Health Education Adoption Rehabilitation Development Society (HEARDS)
Project : Child Labor Prevention and Education
MF Issue Area : Education and Poverty Reduction
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HEARDS, based in Chittoor, AP, addresses the problem of child labor. HEARDS is committed to developing local community mentors who take children living in poverty on the journey from childhood to livelihood. There are a large number of children working in hazardous industries like the production of safety matches, cigars, incense sticks, brick kilns, poultry farms and stone breaking.
These child laborers are from scheduled castes/tribes, other minorities, urban poor and of low socio-economic status. Industrialization, poverty, adult unemployment, illiteracy, ignorance and lack of education cause children to become laborers. Along with educating these children, HEARDS also undertakes public awareness campaigns with a message of “say No to Child Labor”, as well as the importance of education for girls. HEARDS thus runs a holistic program including education and awareness.