Woman gets Bal Kalyan Puraskar award

Dr Kalpana Shankar Chairperson of Hand in Hand Organisation was presented with the Bal Kalyan Puraskar award for her work in the area of child rights and child labour elimination  it started as a small NGO aiming to eradicate child labour in Kanchipuram district.

Dr Kalpana said that children had become workers for meagre¬† sums and she wanted to ensure that the children’s childhood was given back to them. The plan was to ensure education to children and she even started seven residential schools. The children who study here hardly ever meet the parents.She said that this model has been successfully replicated in countries like Afghanistan South Africa Kenya Brazil Sri Lanka and Cambodia.