Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Warm succour for brick kiln children

Care and Development Organisation-Nepal (CDO-N), an NGO working for underprivileged children, displaced people and single women, on Thursday distributed warm jackets to children of brick kiln labourers at Godawari on the outskirts of the Capital.

As many as 120 poor children were an elated lot after they donned the new clothes distributed under the organisation’s Children Development Programme (CDP). CDO-N started the programme in 2006 with the theme ‘Good Health Good Education Good Children’ and currently serves around 120 children of labourers who come all the way from Western districts in Nepal to work in the six brick kilns in the area.

“The labourers and their children live in pathetic conditions in the brick kilns,” Arati Basnet, the coordinator of CDO-N said on Thursday.

“Children here are almost always hungry, while families live in dire conditions in the makeshift brick huts with no bed rolls and food, even during the winter seasons,” she added. Basnet said most of the workers in the kilns are conflict-hit people who came to the City from the western region during the Maoist insurgency. Under the CDP, the NGO provides nutritional food to the children twice a day, provide informal education and admit them in formal schools by providing them full scholarships.