The main reason why children work is because their parents are poor. The Born to
be Free project directly helps families in several ways. The project
pays for roof tiles to replace leaky thatched roofs. The tiles will last for
many years and the family won't have to the expense of replacing the thatch,
every two years.
Free health checks
The project also gives families livestock, like goats or cows. As the animals
grow and reproduce, the family can use the milk or sell any surplus. They can
also sell some of the offspring whenever they need extra money. This helps them
cover their living expenses and they no longer need to borrow from the
Medical teams hold free health checks in the villages on a regular basis. Early
diagnosis and treatment prevents serious health problems and reduces medical
The Born to be Free project also sets up and trains Self Help Groups.
The members of these groups save small amounts regularly. As the group's
savings grow, members can apply for low-interest loans from their savings fund.
They can use the loan to start a small business or to pay for urgent expenses.
Their repayments are affordable and the funds build up again for other members
Helping a child labourer's family prevents their children from returning to work
in the future.
Settu's family received goats from the Born to be Free project to help
improve their income. The family can now sell the baby goats or the milk if
they need some extra money. The project also replaced the thatched roof on
their house with tiles. The tiles last much longer than a thatched roof, saving
them money in the long-term. Tiles are also waterproof and safe from the risk
of fire. Settu's parents also have new opportunities through the Self Help
Group. Settu and two of his sisters go to school – his other two sisters are
still too young. Settu is now 10 and in Year 4. The family is pleased that
Settu’s baby brother Vijay won’t have to work like Settu did.
Which opportunity would you choose?
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Settu and two of his sisters go to school.