Bal Ashram Trust

Project Brief: Asha is supporting the schools run by BBA in Viratnagar in Rajasthan. These schools cater to the children of the nomadic Banjara community in the area.
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: children who are working (description)

Secondary Focus: remedial education

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Dallas
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Ravi Kiran Kandikonda
Project Partner(s): Sandhya Chellapilla
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , L-6 Kalkaji,,New Delhi,
Stewarding Chapter: Dallas
Apr 2014DallasUSD 8003
Nov 2011DallasUSD 5000
Feb 2009DallasUSD 6000
Dec 2008DallasUSD 1490
Jul 2006DallasUSD 6200

Total = $26693

Bal Ashram Trust runs a school for the children of the local Banjara community who otherwise would be whiling away their time either working at their parents place of work or doing nothing. The children would be alienated from any kind of basic education in the absence of this school. Plans are afoot to open 5 more such schools in the Viratnagar area in the future.
Rescue children from Child labour and rehabilitate them.
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) today symbolizes the largest grassroots movement against child servitude. As an initiator of rescuing slave children (direct action) from the remotest villages in India on one hand and the organiser/leader of Global March Against Child Labour on the other, BBA has a legacy of 25 years of crusade.

Om Prakash Gurjar from Bal Ashram wins International Children's Peace Prize

Bunty, a child who was rehabilitated in 2003-2004 as a young child received the Pogo Amazing Kid Award for leadership. The award attracted entries from school children all across the country and Bunty was perhaps the unique candidate among them. A former bonded labourer in a brick kiln, he was rescued as a 10 year old and then went on to gain education from his village after rehabilitation at Bal Ashram. There he helped enrol children of his village to school. For this and his other efforts at the village level, he was chosen for the Pogo Amazing Kid for Leadership. The award ceremony was held in Mumbai in December 2007.

Founded as a group of few individuals, BBA has emerged as an organization of thousands of individual supporters under the banner of ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ as well as network of over 780 NGOs, Trade Unions, Human Rights Organisation etc. dedicated towards the total elimination of child labour and ensure quality education for all in India.