A day in the life of a Programme Manager

Jaipur is a world-leading centre for production of traditional handicrafts, jewellery and textiles, due to its high tourist traffic and production demand.

However, some of these products are manufactured by children; forced to work in hazardous and illegal conditions. Tens of thousands of children are trafficked to Jaipur to produce these products in workshops – often handed over by their parents who are given advances and promises of good jobs. This is illegal and it has to stop.

This is Karan’s story, as Head of Programmes for Taabar.

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“As the Head of Programmes for India within the British Asian Trust, my job is to take the charity’s vision and translate it into action on the ground. We have defined goals and visions for each of the priority areas we work in, and my job is to ensure that we are set to achieve this vision – mainly by finding the right partners and programmes that can effectively deliver our work.”  – Karan Malik

“The anti-trafficking project in Jaipur is one such project, and we are honoured that this has received support from the Hemraj Goyal Foundation.

The British Asian Trust has come together with other partners to launch a hugely ambitious project, which progressively eliminates child labour in Jaipur through a united strategy involving businesses, the state government, enforcement systems and communities. Under the Child Labour Free Jaipur (CLFJ) initiative, we are positioning Jaipur as a city with unprecedented commitment to stopping child labour.

I am particularly proud that recently the CLFJ programme was part of the first child trafficking conviction, where the accused has been sentenced to life in prison alongside a substantial fine. Convictions for trafficking in India are rare and usually only result in small fines, so this sentence is a remarkable milestone and huge victory for child rights.”