Program expansion confirms momentum to eliminate child labor and improve working conditions
The Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI) is excited to announce the expansion of its Community Empowerment Programs to 50 new villages in the mica-belt of Jharkhand and Bihar, India, extending its overall support to 180 villages and more than 16,000 households.
RMI’s Community Empowerment Programs (CEP) are transforming communities in India’s mica mining region with initiatives that provide long-term and self-sustainable remedies to the underlying causes of child labor and poor working conditions. Launched in 2018, programs include better schools and health care delivery, improved access to government services, and paths to alternative livelihoods that are no longer dependent on mica only.
A recent external and independent impact assessment by Improve, conducted in 40 villages where RMI just concluded its first three years of intervention and support programs, confirms significant and concrete results have been achieved.
“These encouraging results and more lead us to believe that we are moving in the right direction and RMI must continue its efforts,” says Fanny Frémont, RMI Executive Director. “On the special occasion of World Day Against Child Labor I heartfully thank the RMI members who committed their efforts and support since RMI’s creation, acknowledge the contributions of our partners and congratulate children like Pinki Kumari (see Pinki’s story here) who are inspiring us as leaders of their own change towards a better life.”