Childhood is a vital and potent experience in each individual’s lifetime. It is the most crucial and impressionable period of development and learning. Throughout all of the highs and the lows in life, childhood is the only phase of life which is remembered forever and has immense effect on all the future endeavors. Although children have many rights, in many developing countries these rights are not secured. Older, manipulative adults are taking advantage of children’s pliant minds to make a profit for themselves by forcing them to work as laborers. Laborers below the age of 14 years are called child laborers.
India is sadly the home to the largest number of child laborers in the world. In India, working children are engaged in different organized and unorganized sectors, both in rural and urban areas. In rural sector, children are engaged in field plantations, domestic jobs, forestry, fishing and cottage industry. In urban sector they are employed at houses, shops, restaurants, small and large industries, transport, communication, garages, etc. In India, working children are also self-employed as newspaper hawkers, milk boys, shoeshine boys, rag pickers, rickshaw-pullers, etc.
According to a recent study, about 78.71% of child workers are engaged in cultivation and agriculture, 6.3% are employed in fishing, hunting and plantation, 8.63% in manufacturing, processing, repairs, house industry, etc., 3.21% in construction, transport, storage, communication and trade and 3.15% in other services.
Gather2Share is strongly against this exploitation and strives to generate awareness about their plights and sufferings, and thereby bringing about a change in their lives. We are also working towards their better livelihood, education, shelter and rehabilitation.