Back to school
for a Brighter

Project People’s Organization
for Rural Development (PORD)
Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh

Group Girls




“Today I am 14 and I attend school regularly. I also address issues of trafficking in my community. The trauma of spending so many years away from home is now fading away slowly. My story has inspired many families in the community to send their children back to school so that they don’t ever face a situation like I did. I feel extremely fortunate to be rescued and want to continue my education now. If it was not for the timely and strategic intervention by PORD, I would have been languishing in the house of my employers in Bangalore. I will study well and hopefully get an opportunity to lead a dignified life.”
– Bela, girl child from Project PORD.

Read how you have helped Bela, a former child laborer return to school

Ridden by poverty, Bela’s mother was forced to send her little daughter to work as a domestic help in the city of Bangalore in Karnataka, India. Little Bela’s day began as early as 5:00 AM and continued till late night. As a domestic help she was tortured and humiliated.Her complaint about an attempted rape by a member of the family was dismissed and she was forced to remain silent. When Bela’s mother got to know of her girl’s plight, she took help from CRY America supported project partner PORD, to rescue her daughter.

With PORD’s intervention a police case was filed and then the girl was rescued. Bela was brought back to her hometown in state of Andhra Pradesh and enrolled into a local school. After a few counseling sessions she was encouraged to be a part of the children’s collective. Today, Bela wants to study further and live a happy and dignified life.

Issues affecting children like Bela in rural areas of Andhra Pradesh, India

PORD works in two Mandals of Chittoor district- Madnapalle and Thambalapalle where dalits and tribes are poorest and unable to meet basic needs like education, health and land. In Thambalapalle 68% families and in Madnapalle 93% families are landless causing lack of access to quality education, health and nutrition food to children.

Several families have migrated from villages to the nearest cities in search of livelihoods and their children are forced to drop out of schools and join the labor force.

Our Approach

PORD worked with the families by forming community based organizations at the village level, created children’s collectives, sensitized the village panchayat and local government bodies on issues affecting children. As a result, school facilities have been restored, new classrooms were built, toilets were added, teachers were ensured in the classrooms and anganwadis were built for the children. Health care facilities were provided and hostel rooms were constructed for the children.

In the last year, Project PORD has:

  • Strengthened community based organisations to bring pressure on government to sanction additional Integrated Child Development Centres (ICDS) wherever required and demanded for 4 new ICDS Centres in the project areas.
  • Out of 519 child laborers, 80 children were mainstreamed in schools.
  • Ensured 100% child trafficking free villages.
  • Awareness meetings conducted in all villages along with door-to-door campaigning for implementation of the Right To Education Act of India.

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