Sunita Devi lives in the mica belt of Jharkhand, India, where low wages from extreme dependence on mica collection places families in abject poverty. The result of this is that children are forced to work in the mines. They don’t get to go to schools and their childhood is lost.
“I love them very much”, she added.
To address this issue, one of Terre des Hommes Netherlands’ activities is to provide families with additional means of livelihood so that children don’t have to work. With the additional income, the families can also provide better for their children’s health and education.
One such beneficiary is Sunita Devi who was given Rs.5000 during the pandemic. She invested that money in the rearing of goats and presently earns a good income.
“I was given training on how to rear my goats. They both are now healthy and one of them has given birth to a baby too!”, she adds. “They mean so much to our family because they are the ones feeding us and helping educate my children.”
Sunita’s children presently go to school, and she is also able to afford their private tuition fee. Sunita is just one of many parents that TDHNL’s project has supported to find other ways to earn their living without sacrificing their children’s education.