Mothers Collectives formed
Children mainstreamed through NRSTCs
Children facilitated through Perumbakkam Govt School
Bangu’s father is a daily wager, who does manual labour in and around Ghattabillod in Dhar district
Bangu’s father is a daily wager, who does manual labour in and around Ghattabillod in Dhar district of MP. He has a mother, who is physically challenged and an elder brother, who is mentally challenged. He also has a few younger siblings. Unable to manage a large family on his own, about 4 years ago, Bangu was sold as a bonded labour for INR 10,000. Bangu’s day would start as early as 6 am in the morning and he was expected to do everything from rearing cattle to household chores and his day would end late in the night, long after others were asleep. He was hardly given food to eat, clothes to wear or a cot to sleep and like a machine for three years. Bangu’s life would have continued like this had he not been rescued by Hand in Hand India’s field mobilisers, who counselled Bangu’s parents for two months before they agreed to let Bangu join the NRSTC in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh through the project supported by Humanium. The young boy joined the centre in February 2018 and he dreams of becoming a teacher someday!
Hailing from the tribal Narikuravar community, Sakthi’s life was no more than a vagabond
Hailing from the tribal Narikuravar community, Sakthi’s life was no more than a vagabond. He along with his parents used to sell fancy wares on train. “We used to eat the leftovers that I got from the station and trains. Not a single day, could we eat in peace, fearing the police and security, who would frisk us and drive us out. We used to live in constant fear.” he adds. Soon after, Sakthi was enrolled in the Poongavanam, the Residential Special Training Centres (RSTC), which had ,truly transformed him – and has helped him maintain a disciplined daily routine coupled with good hygiene and sanitation practices. Gradually, he began to advocate against his community ill-practices not only his parents but also several elders, who took to such abuses in the open and has been instrumental in persuading 28 children from his community to join the RSTC. Since then, Sakthi has been conferred with stately honours. He wants to ensure that all the children, not only from the Narikuravar community but from around the world attend school and have a fair chance and equal opportunity to succeed in life. This is the story of Sakthi Ramesh from India, who was nominated forInternational Children’s Peace Prize 2017, an award previously won by Malala Yousifzai.
Given the worth of pesticide-free organic vegetables is gaining traction in today’s
Given the worth of pesticide-free organic vegetables is gaining traction in today’s era of soil, water and air pollution, the Perumbakkam eco-farm project initiated with the support of Humanium, a Swiss-based organisation, has been key in converting farmers practicing subsistence farming to organic farming project by adopting sustainable ecological farming practices. The farm serves as a training field for the farmers, who are taught organic farming techniques and the harvest off the field is available for sale at the organic stall. Replacing the synthetic fertilisers and artificial agents, this project has replaced the farm inputs with organic alternatives such as vermicompost, panchagavya (five produce of native cow), Amirthakaraisal, Protein rich extract from fish waste made through fermentation, bitter leaf extract and Ginger garlic paste are the key bio-inputs.