Endangered Children of Rawalpindi
How do they work
They work in two ways;
The waste in which they spend most of their daily time consists of;
These Children are at very high risk, both medical and social. The miserable thing is that they do not anticipate any risk in it. They enjoy it and do not feel any fear or discomfort.
These children are either from below poverty line class of our North Western province & tribal areas or from Afghan refugees. Their age ranges from as low as five to as high as late teens. They have to work at very odd hours - very early in the morning and very late at night. They do not have time for games and recreations. There are many incidences of child sex abuse amongst them.
People do not have any respect for them or their work. They have limited dealings with other people of community. They do get money from their job. The intelligent among them get promotion from Selected Waste Collector to owner of Selected Waste Warehouse through their hard work and planning. They buy the items from their colleagues and then sell it to recycling factories.
They are very shy. They see and feel the social injustice from very early age. This makes them vulnerable to many things. They unknowingly become nurseries for terrorists, robbers and snatchers who at present are the only one that can offer them a better life! The incidence of robberies, street crimes and snatching has increased many folds during last five years.
They have to take their collections on their bicycles from collection points to their dumps. They fell many times because of load. People laugh at them but do not help them in getting up because of the waste they are carrying.
They have to be tackled very sensibly. Their families need money on daily basis; therefore, do not allow them to go to even those schools that would not charge any money. We have to start helping them within their own set up.
Long term strategy
We can not bring these children to main stream of the community unless we address the poverty of their families. We have to educate and train their elders to take over their work in some decent and organized way in close collaboration with the community. Solid waste collection and disposable is one of our major issues in the community. We can work out this problem with the elders of these children.
Solid waste collection from homes and transfer to main lanes dump containers could be arranged between the community and these people on monthly payment basis. Community should be taught in proper solid wasted collection in two big plastic bags. [Our volunteers can do it]
These people can make arrangements with
local farmers to convert the useless waste into beneficial end product.
This would not only give good money to these workers but also provide
an opportunity for their children to go to school and live a respectable