GHORAHI: The Himalayan Peace and Development Campaign (HiPDeC) has rescued 20 child labourers from Dang district so far in 2019.
It has found 85 child labourers in the district at present.
Many minors are found working in hotels, restaurants, quarries, garages, car washing, workshops, agriculture, construction, and public transportation. The problem continues to prevail in Dang despite efforts to check it.
Child labour is illegal and it is constitutionally prohibited. Children are forced to work in different sectors, especially in the informal economy.
The NGO has been rescuing and rehabilitating the child labourers in collaboration with Ghorahi Sub-Metropolitan City.
HiPDeC’s Programme Coordinator Kiran Gautam said, the organisation has been rescuing child workers and repatriating them to their families. It is also providing some financial support to the family of rehabilitated children so that they do not return to child labour.
The organisation also provides stationeries to the rehabilitated child workers to encourage them to go to school.
According to HiPDeC study, it rescued 460 child workers in 2016, 305 child workers in 2017 and 193 in Ghorahi area alone in 2018.
The organisation has prepared particulars for 318 child workers, has carried out incident management for 201 child workers and enrolled 125 child workers in school. It has provided them with stationeries and school uniform, in the last three years’ period.
Similarly, the organisation provided psycho-social counselling to 117 child workers, rescued and rehabilitated 103 child workers, and provided financial assistance to the families of 94 child workers.