Shaishav is a volunteer organisation committed to the rights of children. Our focus is on child labour and we believe that quality education is one of the most effective means to keep children out of the labour force and ensure child rights.
A society that is safe and allows all children and youth to achieve their inherent potential and become responsible and empathetic citizens who further justice, peace and sustainable development while enriching society.
To engage children and youth (particularly the underprivileged) in innovative, educational and fun ways while facilitating peer-to-peer learning and nurturing the values of independent thought, friendship and solidarity.
We ensure that children know their rights, remain protected from all forms of abuse and have the support to work collectively to ensure their rights and grow into empowered and democratic leaders of social change.
Child labor deprives children of a joyful and dignified childhood, and strips the prospects of social, economic mobility and freedoms to determine ones life, which undermines the foundation of any healthy society. Since the creation of Shaishav in 1993, we have been working for and with children, to secure a platform for their holistic development, to strengthen their communities and to ensure efficiency of a child rights framework, at the local, state and international levels.
Our desire to end child labor led us to conduct a study in 1995, in a city called Bhavnagar, in the southwest part of Gujarat, India. The study was the largest one ever conducted by a grassroots organization in India. We found 12,813 child laborers, 60% of who were earning less than 500 rupees a month. Of these child laborers, 68% of these never went to school. Our findings demonstrated a dire need not only for services, but for drastic social change. For the past twenty years, we have implemented grassroots programs focused on empowering children to be that social change.
Hear from some of the children we work with: