In the high altitude belt of the Himalayas, road & dam construction generates seasonal employment for landless and poor families, who migrate to remote encampments in the area from villages in the plains as well as from the high altitudes, to engage in manual labour. Illiteracy, abject poverty, pathetic conditions of health, safety and sanitation, and absolutely no access to basic rights and mainstream services, characterise a migrant worker camp in the Himalayas. The migrant workers live on the fringe of society, relegated to an almost sub-human life. Children suffer the most, conscripted into labour from an early age and deprived of education; infants with working mothers are exposed to a range of hazards at work-sites.

Pragya is working with road & dam workers in the high altitude Himalayas in India, to ensure they have access to education and health and the capacity to claim their rights. We provide vital safety equipments and basic healthcare to treat injuries and illnesses among migrant workers. Primary education for the children aims to help them access alternate employment and protection for infants reduces exposure to occupational hazards.

Liaison with the road and dam construction industry is seeking to improve working conditions for migrant workers.

Geographic Outreach to date:
Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand states in India.
Mobile Education Unit

The Mobile Education Unit (MEU) has been a boon to many of the children who could not receive basic education...
Mother & Early Childhood Care Centres

Migrant road & dam workers in the Himalayas live in abject poverty, without access to welfare...
Improved Health and Nutrition
Education for Disadvantaged Children
Education for Sub-Saharan Africa
Basic Needs and Rights of Migrant Workers
Enhancing Status of Women
Preservation of Himalayan Culture
Active Democracy and Rights

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