The overall project goal is to reduce the number of children engaged in handicraft workshops across Jaipur city by contributing to a significantly increased number of children rescued from exploitation, and high-quality support for their recovery. This will be done by focusing on increasing collaboration among stakeholders, increasing accountability and responsiveness, and deepening the capacity of the stakeholders to competently handle child trafficking situations. This focus will result in an increased number of rescues, increased number of prosecutions of perpetrators and increased level of deterrence of subcontractors against the use of child labour. Awareness and sensitization programming, will lead to more effective reintegration, increased access to compensation and justice and decrease the rate of re-trafficking and prevention. In addition, the improvements to shelter homes and the creation of child-friendly elements in police stations will result in better care and protection of rescued children.
Established in 2007, TAABAR is an NGO that helps and supports children in difficult circumstances by providing community-based rehabilitation for orphans, runaways, street children, and slum children. The mission of the organization is to provide needs-based interventions to the target group of vulnerable children, keeping in mind a child rights perspective.
TAABAR runs the Bal Basera shelter home which provides immediate shelter and basic necessities to vulnerable children to allow them opportunities for healthy growth and development. The shelter home is known for the expedited restoration and reunion of the children with their families. They have developed specialized curriculum that is adaptable to children who stay for between 3 days to 3 months.
TAABAR provides health services to the children through a mobile medical clinic, has a full-time counselor on staff, and is interested in ramping up programming around arts and theatre-based programming.
Since 2014, they have been working to strengthen child protection mechanisms in Jaipur, related to trafficked children. Under CLFJ, from 2018-2020, their work has included facilitating interdepartmental collaboration among government departments and officials, and other stakeholders; capacity building through conducting trainings and increasing sensitization; and working consistently with railway police to increase awareness and increase the identification of rescued children. They have a special focus on building relationships with railway police to build their capacity to identify and address the problem of children being trafficked and transported on the railway trains. TAABAR is well versed in identifying the gaps in the processes related to the care and protection of children, from when they are rescued to when they are repatriated, and has work with a large number of railway staff and officials, police, and other government stakeholders to cultivate child rights champions among these stakeholders, and take concrete actions to address and close the identified gaps.