A petite, 42 year old dynamic woman Anuradha Bhosle, herself a child laborer, maA petite, 42 year old dynamic woman Anuradha Bhosle, herself a child laborer, makes it her life’s work to rescue children, whether from child labor, abandonment in the streets, or in the case of family abuse … during our visit to AVANI, we met 2 sisters who came traumatized from the murder of their mother by their father only 4 days back. This makes for great emotional difficulties in dealing with these children and getting their trust, before they can even become part of any group or education effort. For this reason, Anuradha has a bridging and counseling program for newly adopted children. She also believes in education from the Gandhian philosophy: that is, not just education for itself, but education that will make the child into a different person, by learning through heart, head and hands.
AVANI has rescued many children from brickyards and sugar factories in and aroun
Anuradha also wants to address the root cause rather than just treating symptomsAnuradha also wants to address the root cause rather than just treating symptoms – she educates factory owners, local police and judges about the laws forbidding child labor in the constitution, yet they are rarely, if ever, used by ordinary people, and usually there is no one to advocate for them anyway. Anuradha is tireless and fearless about this work. She does the necessary demanding paperwork to bring perpetrators of child labor to court – and in true Gandhian fashion, some of these former enemies are now her strongest supporters!