Namaste (Hindi for hello). My name is Reena. I live in Mumbai, where you’ll also
find Bollywood – the centre of India’s film-making industry.
Reena interviewing Priya at the Born to be Free project
I’m passionate about child rights. So I studied to get a social worker’s degree
specialising in family and child welfare. I have since completed further
qualifications to better understand why children must work and learn about
possible solutions to this problem.
I’m now working for World Vision India as a communication officer. This means I
provide information and photographs for World Vision staff around the world. It
helps that I speak English and also several Indian languages. I travel all over
India, to projects like Born to be Free. I also cover emergencies like the 2004
Boxing day tsunami and the 2005 Mumbai floods.
Reena passionate about the rights of children like these.
I sometimes travel overseas too. In 2003, I visited New Zealand speaking on
behalf of child labourers in India. I visited many schools and churches. Mary
Lambie also interviewed me on her T.V.1 Good morning show. I remember New
Zealand as a peaceful and quiet place. Not like India, where there are so many
I’m an active member of the Child Rights Network, and I research and write
articles. I was very pleased when my article on child labour was published in Femina,
a leading women’s magazine in India. Research papers I have contributed towards
were presented in New York at the 2004 and 2005 Commission for Status of Women.
I’m delighted to be your online expert. I hope that what you learn about child
labour inspires you to join with me to speak out on behalf of child labourers.
Together we can help make a better world.