The Born to be Free project has set up clubs called Young Pillars. They
are mainly for children freed from child labourer, but all children can join.
The clubs offer a place where they can meet together and support each other.
Many clubs become strong advocates for child rights. They speak up for child
labourers being exploited and tell Born to be Free project workers
about the situation. The clubs perform dramas about the problem of child labour
and encourage people to work together to eliminate it.
Young Pillars clubs organise community service projects and save a small amount
each month to fund their activities. Project workers provide training for club
leaders and treasurers in leadership skills and relevant issues.
Child labour Abolition Day
Representatives from each club form the Young Pillars Federation which aims to
eradicate child labour in the Vellore district by 2007. The Federation
participates in the Born to be Free project and is actively involved
in the National Movement of Working Children (NMWC). This movement has pledged
to fight for the rights of children and totally eradicate child labour in
Parents in Self Help Groups also take action to release children from bonded
labour. The groups promote school attendance through Parent Teacher
Associations so that parents realise the value of education.
Dramas, marches, publicity and public ceremonies to release bonded children all
raise general awareness and motivate people to address the child labour
Settu joined the Young Pillars club for released child labourers. Here he can
get support from other children with similar experiences. Together the Young
Pillars find ways to raise awareness about child rights and help children still
in child labour. If they hear about a child who is bonded, they tell the Born
to be Free project workers so they can take action. The Young Pillars also
perform dramas in their community, spreading the word that child labour does
not work. The Young Pillars' aim is to eliminate child labour in their region
within 10 years.
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Speaking up for children's rights.