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Stop Child Labour

Stop Child Labour

Bal Ashram

Bal Ashram

BBA Bal Ashram painted T-shirt

BBA Bal Ashram painted T-shirt

We were delighted to be approached by Suzanne Thomas, a London based art therapist, who asked us to supply her with FAIRTRADE cotton t-shirts for a recent trip she made to the BBA. We’d already heard about the great work the BBA have been doing rescuing and rehabilitating boys from child labor through a recent documentary on TV and had been meaning to find out a little more. So Suzanne’s report back to us this week is really exciting and gives a poignant insight into the importance of the BBA. Suzanne visited the Bal Ashram, which is a rehabilitation and training centre set in beautiful Rajathan countryside. The centre is run by a team of dedicated staff and looks after 85 boys between the ages of 5-16 years. The kids receive pre-school informal schooling before enrolling them in the local school. Some of these boys have families they will one day live with again, others have no-one and stay their entire childhood at Bal Ashram. Suzanne described the atmosphere as warm and loving. The children’s past stories are heart breaking but with the support and care of staff these boys have the opportunity to regain their health, self respect, dignity and love. Some of the children have travelled – one child received the International Children’s Peace Prize and some have talked at UNICEF and other major global events about child servitude. A month ago one of the children met Gordon Brown, UNICEF’s head, Queen Noor, Bob Geldof and Bono – she told how she had rescued 15 children herself. She asked how many they with all their power would rescue and Gordon Brown said that if she could do that, they would rescue million’s more. Soon a girls’ ashram will be built over the road and to find out more about how you can support this very important organisation visit www.bba.org.in And many thanks to Suzanne for sharing her amazing experience with us.

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