Child Labour in India Essay

805 WordsOct 21, 20124 Pages
India is home to more than 12.6 million children who are forced to work in order to survive. World Vision India in association with The Times of India organised a painting competition on August 10th to create an awareness among the children in Chennai about the menace of child labour suffered by many of their less fortunate peers. The competition was held in the campus of the Sacred heart located on Anna Salai. Plenty of young artists from the city filled the hall eagerly anticipating the start of the competition. Volunteers from world vision ushered them to their seats and a documentary on child labour was screened to inspire the contestants to portray their thoughts and ideas on child labour on canvas. After the screening of the documentary, two people who benefited from the aid given by world vision were given the privilege of sharing their success stories with the audience. One of them was Mr.Sivakumar. Due to unfavourable circumstances, he had dropped out of school and was working in a bedi factory where he was rescued by world vision. He is currently completing his MCA degree and hopes to return to his village to educate the people and prevent another childhood getting spoilt because of child labour. After the inspiring stories were told, the children were split into two groups. Children from 5th-7th standard were in the first group and children from 8th-10th standard were put in the second. They were then given ninety minutes to complete their paintings. “It is important for children to get a first hand perspective on child labour and to know the solution to this plague.” said Mr.Deepak Mehta whose daughter from Dav Mogappair was taking part in the competiton. There was a booth set up outside the hall to help parents of the children, donate to world vision while their children were painting. One of the people who donated to world vision’s cause was

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