The Bal Mitra Gram (BMG) programme works towards eliminating child labour through providing education. While it is a child centric model to achieve the development of a village, it also focuses on sustainable development of a village. Hence issues of health, social welfare measures for families, environment matters and occupational problems being faced by the villages are all addressed through the various forums for each of the various groups of villagers.
Besides its on-gong work in Rajasthan, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, BBA has taken forward its BMG model to 30 villages in Koderma, Jharkhand and a cluster of 15 villages in Chamaraja Nagar district, Karnataka. Koderma is the mica mining region of India with children being engaged in mica collection and mica cutting, which not only deprives them of education but is also hazardous to their health and well-being. Engaging the trade community to ensure just wages to the adults is an important component of the programme here.
Through the BMGs in Karnataka, BBA envisages to implement the Natural Origin Resource Protocol (NORP) to safeguard the environment of the area through protection of sandalwood produce of the area. Ironically, children are engaged in collection of natural products like honey, cow dung etc. which is resulting in their dropping out from school. BBA is addressing these problems through implementing the BMG programme in Mangala Panchayat in Chamaraja Nagar district.
Below is the list of current BMGs in all the states:
Rajasthan, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka