More than 35,000 children work in industries like brickyards and sugarcane factories in the district of Kolhapur. AVANI’s primary focus is on high-risk industries like these, where migrant and child laborers are forced to work. Through the power of policy analysis, advocacy and bold action, AVANI mobilizes grassroots support, holds the local government accountable, advances policy change and secures financial investments that benefit thousands of the region’s most vulnerable children. Incredibly, the AVANI team has been highly successful in motivating families and the brickyard owners to stop sending children to work, having now reduced child labor in the region’s brickyards by 95%.
During times of crisis, cycles of abuse and exploitation are often amplified; children who are already at-risk of exploitation face new and compounding risks, and survivors of trafficking are more likely to be re-trafficked. AVANI’s work fiercely protecting and advocating for the rights of children in India is now more important than ever.