Before I met him, I had heard of – persons – called one man army. And, he was – one man NGO.
Like other BHU students, he too liked extra curricular activities. One day, he convinced a child to go to school, leaving his day job at a tea shop at Lanka, Varanasi.
Next day, the boy was admitted to a nearby school after a tough argument with the principal. His parents had given their consent. The entire fee for the year was paid, apart from buying books, bag and stationary.
“At least, today, I’ve done a good job,” he thought while saying his room mate in the hostel good night.
Just after two days, when he visited the tea stall – he was bluntly shocked. The boy was back at work.
Later on, the founder-volunteer of the One-member organisation discovered that none other than the boy’s parents had asked him to work instead of going to school.
Despite all odds the then student tried his best with a 60 per cent success in this mission.
Since then, almost two decades have passed. The ground situation is not over hauled – but can be said better.
It all flashed in mind from memory lane while going through a news. According to reports, some social activists and representatives of several voluntary organisations have launched a campaign to make city of Taj a child labour free city.
Another story appeared in BBC recently describing an effort to curb the menace of child labour.
Here is the report:
“After some international clothing firms such as H&M, Adidas and Marks and Spencer boycotted cotton from Uzbekistan in protest at the use of child labour, this year most Uzbek children are able to get on with their schoolwork. But office workers, nurses and even surgeons are being forced into the fields instead.”
Hope for a child labour free society – some day.
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