This reality is even harsher for those in the region of Bangalore (South India) where many mothers are forced to take their young children to silk factories.
Children stay the entire day on the factory floor with unsanitary conditions. They become very vulnerable to lung and respiratory diseases and are often burned by acid fumes from the silk extraction process.
BICE acts for young children in India
Since 2012, BICE and its local partner Aina Trust have lead a pilot project of community nurseries and have trained nursery assistants in the city of Sidlaghatta.
The objective of this project is to sustainably improve the well-being and development of the toddlers of silk workers by offering support adapted to the socio-economic context of families and reassuring them about their role as parents.
Activities around early awakening
Several activities are jointly conducted in community care centers and with families:
- Training for nursery assistants
- Accommodation for toddlers during the day at the homes of nursery assistants
- Provision of toys and educational tools for children
- Creation and development of a space suitable for recreational and leisure activities for nursery assistants
- Healthy meal preparation, consistent with the nutritional needs of toddlers
- Regular medical monitoring
- Trainings for mothers and the community to support toddlers thanks to workshops on hygiene, nutrition, safety, disease, child rights, etc.