The Sakriya project (Sakriya means “active”) works to build the capacity of Nepalese civil society to more effectively detect and combat forced child labor and other labor abuses in Nepal’s brick, embroidery, and carpet weaving sectors. It leverages partnerships across Nepal’s child protection networks to facilitate access to services for survivors of labor abuses and to reduce the risk that adults and children will be forced into harmful work in these sectors.
Nepal hosts a large manufacturing industry, especially for the production of bricks, embroidery, and carpet weaving. Children and adults have been found to work in harmful conditions in these sectors. Civil society organizations (CSOs) play a critical role in working with and supporting local government on the implementation of relevant laws and policies to eliminate labor abuses. In Nepal, the awareness of the hazards of child labor is low and the ability for CSOs to implement effective advocacy initiatives is weak. CSOs require some assistance in building their capacity to address the growing problems more effectively.
The Sakriya project supports Nepalese civil society to better understand and address child labor and promote acceptable conditions of work in the production of brick, embroidery, and carpets. The project does this by seeking to improve the capacity of CSOs to:
- identify and document accurate, independent, and objective information on the nature and scope of child labor and violations of acceptable conditions of work;
- raise awareness for the protection of workers from labor abuses; and
- implement initiatives to address child labor, forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work.
The Sakriya project is establishing a core leadership of national organizations to build the capacity of a larger network of 15 regional NGOs who have a deep reach into affected communities. In turn, each local NGO can then use their new abilities to organize sub-networks of community-based organizations who bring local knowledge, language, and relationships with critical stakeholders, including community members, local authorities, and business owners to reach even the most hidden victims of child and forced labor. The lead organizations also collect data about child labor and forced labor in the brick, embroidery, and carpet weaving sectors – using this information to empower Nepalese civil society to advocate more effectively for programs and policies to prevent exploitation and protect workers.