For Milaap: Crowd Funding
Munnade Social Organisation a Bengaluru-based Non-governmental organization is located in Nayandahalli, Bengaluru. It was started on 4th March 2011 by women garment workers who faced lots of harassment in the factory.
It was established with the mission of
Enhancing the security, care, and development of garment workers’ children aged 0-16 yrs.
Mainstream the children of garment workers aged 6 to 16 years through education and life skills development.
Empowering women garment workers to deal with and reduce domestic violence at home and harassment at the workplace.
Ensuring that women garment workers access social security, worker welfare, and government services and schemes.
Since 2011, Munnade has impacted approximately 16000 lives (garment workers) through training, awareness, capacity-building programs, counseling and legal support for workplace and domestic issues, and COVID 19 relief support. Among them, 3200 children have been supported for education, life skills, and holistic development and COVID 19 relief support.
About the Initiative:
The proposed project for ‘Educational Support for the Children of Garment Workers’ is intended to enable the children, to continue to receive a formal education.
These children in classes 1st to 10th std. are enrolled in government/BBMP, government-aided and private schools as garment workers want them to access quality education in spite of the low incomes and other hardships faced.
Basically, garment workers earn very low wages. The COVID 19 pandemic has pushed into poverty due to job losses during the lockdown and salary cuts and fewer days of work thereafter. Even those with full pay and regular work post lockdown have not recovered economically fully and it will take a long time before their socio-economic situation gets to the pre-pandemic levels.
The immediate victims of such an adverse situation are children. A survey conducted by Munnade among 100 children studying in 18 schools in the Mysore Road area has revealed that 8% of the children have dropped out of school. Teachers, parents, and children interviewed have stated that this was because fees could not be paid due to job losses, cut pay received, and having to pay off debts, pending rents, and health expenses (resulting from COVID 19 pandemic). Some children have not returned back from their native places and garment workers don’t see a point in bringing them back and subjecting them to suffering.
It is important to support the children for education and hence Munnade requires support for paying the school fees of 200 children. The fees range from Rs 500 to Rs 12000.
Summary of the number of children and fees amount to be raised:
Fee amount of Rs. 63,000 for 22 children from 1st to 3rd std. studying in government/BBMP (6 children), government-aided (10 children) and private schools (6 children) must be raised.
Fee amount of Rs 2,26,000 for 60 children from 4th to 7th std studying in government/BBMP (16 children), government-aided (30 children), and private schools (14 children) must be raised.
Fee amount of Rs 7,29,000 for 118 children from 8th to 10th std. studying in government/BBMP (18 children), government-aided (60 children) and private schools (40 children) must be raised. Please come forward to support my cause. Any contribution will be of immense help. Do contribute and share this campaign link with your friends and family.