Write for Children in 12 Languages

You may see child labour is not a serious issue or you may choose to presume that child labour happens only in movies. Because it is not happening anywhere in your circle. If you think like that then it is time now to wake up.

The very product you use, the food you eat or the brand you feel proud of using may have some children’s tears behind. There are millions of child labours and hundreds of them are being saved by eminent social workers like Kailash Satyarthi and organisations like child helpline in India.

Worldwide this is a serious issue which demands our attention. You may ask “what can I do to make a difference?”

Believe me, concerning about them is the first step of any possible big changes. There are many organisations who are working passionately to eradicate child labour, you can join them, donate for them and help them to continue what they are doing. You can be a Volunteer if you wish to get involved directly.

Doing something is always better than doing nothing. Closing your eyes doesn’t mean that nothing happens around you. Watch the documentary to understand what happens actually, which is just a sample of what is happening.

Be concerned. Do something what you can than doing nothing.


Write for Children:

VLH Version 2-002Voice of Little Hearts – is our project to bring out the feelings of children in India. We will be publishing this book in 12 languages and provide this book free of cost to all children in India. We are trying to address ten key issues

  1. Sexual Abuse / Harassment
  2. Education System / Career Pressure
  3. Child Labour / Child Trafficking / Rights Violation
  4. Parental Care / Family Violence / Neglect
  5. Poverty
  6. Healthcare / Nutrition
  7. Sex Education, Moral Values
  8. Rural / Urban Issues
  9. Psychological Needs
  10. Social Pressure / Discrimination

Why are we doing this? 

To increase the awareness in the society about the importance of Children. We should treat them as our gifts, our future and ensure we care for them.

To help the children in need. Specifically the children who live normal lives but facing serious issues.

To create a community of people who are caring for children at root level in your locality so that this process will keep on going.

What can you do?

Write for the children: If you know any kid who has been victimised by any of the above 10 issues, please write on behalf of the kid. You can find more instructions here 

If you are an expert / activist you can join our Leader Panel to help the kids by guiding the children / parents / society.

Open Invitation : Join us for Millions of Children : Voice of Little Hearts

A real change is possible only when the change begins at the roots; our children are the roots of the world’s future.

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At this very moment somewhere in the world there are organisations and people working their souls for the betterment of the society. Be it the UNESCO or some random human, the world knows the worth of our children. The world knows that they are the future. Organisations are working round the clock around the globe. Yet the issues faced by our children remain an unsolved mystery. The statistics still shows the numbers against the well-being of our children, irrespective of whatever measures been taken for them. The top ten issues faced by the children globally are listed as below (source listverse)

Violence through Indoctrination, Poverty, Life as refugees, Lack of Access to Education, Child Neglect, Child labour, Child prostitution, Child pornography, Trafficking and slavery, and Military use of Children.

This list above is based on the perspective of our society on children’s issues. ie what our society views as problems faced by children. This, of course will vary from country to country. If Military use of children is the top problem in the middle east, child prostitution would be the major problem in Southeast Asian countries. So the preventive measures and the strategies should be customized according to the needs of the children in their respective society.

As noted earlier, the problems are seen in the perspective of the society. We are missing a point actually there itself. What about the perspective of the children? If they make a list of 10 problems the face, what would be that? We need not be surprised if their list has “Mommy not allows chocolates”. They may not be matured enough to foresee their future as we elders do. But when we find solutions to their problems we should also see the solutions from their perspective. How effective our solutions are reaching them.

For example, When a toddler suffers from poverty, providing food would be an enough solution for that time being. But when a teenage kid suffers from poverty, just providing food is not the solution, also educating about the poverty and sustainable ways to overcome it becomes a part of the solution. We also need to care about how they receive our ideologies of poverty and methods we suggest to them to overcome it. Because children with developed / developing consciousness are not just robots to follow our instructions. Though we are doing good deeds for them, it is equally our responsibility to ensure that it reaches them effectively.

Overall, we insist on three major point precisely.

1. Understand problems from children’s perspective
2. Work on grass-root level and ensure our efforts benefits the children
3. Create a network and a model that is self-sustained.

Voice of Little Hearts

VLH sample TEMPWe taglined the project “This could be your child’s voice” which says it all. We are going to address issues faced by children in India. So the priority of the issues may vary from the global context. We have a list of issues faced by children in Indian scenario and that will be covered. The project focuses on adhering to the three points listed above. ie. To address issues faced by children by understanding in their perspective, VLH will reach children direct and discuss their problems individually along with their ecosystem and this project will create a network of volunteers, a working model which will keep going.

So how VLH is going to work?

Overview: VLH will begin as a publishing project, then reach children across India as a community that cares for them and will continue to evolve as a supportive system for the children directly.

Project Preview: The core team of VLH will have members from Propel Steps, Writers and Activists who works for Children. Based on the core team’s inputs 12 wings (teams) will work on writing in twelve languages. Each wing will have it’s Lead(s), Editors, Translators, Writers and Project Coordinators. Each wing will collaborate with one another. The core team will ensure the overall development of the project and support all the wings. The individual responsibilities will be communicated later after the individuals joining the project.

Once the book is completed, it will be released simultaneously in 12 languages across the country and the globe. We Propel Steps and the core team will ensure to avail the books free of cost for children across India with the support of local NGOs and Sponsorships. The distribution of VLH to children will happen via planned events and workshops (the details will be communicated at the later stages of the project)

For Propel Steps, this is a non-profit project. However, considering the huge costs involved regionally we may tie-up with various publishers to release the book for general readers and parents community. The profit earned via sales will be majorly used for the events associated with VLH and the royalties will go to the respective wings. We Propel Steps would just remain as the founder of this initiative and seek no remunerative returns. However will hold the accountability to ensure the project is used for its purpose and the children get benefitted continuously.

What can you do now?

We have no hidden secrets as we have made the project plan very transparent. All you need to do is Think. Think of where you can be a part of this project and what role you want to play in this. You can be writer, a translator, a social media promoter, a project coordinator, a PR or a NGO who can be part of this project, a publisher who wants to publish this project, a school who wants to be associated in this project. Overall we need your support and we value it. We will deliver and ensure every ounce of your efforts are converted into smiles of some random child. That could be your child also. 🙂

So Join us.

Get in touch now by joining our Facebook Group here.

Contact publish@propelsteps.com or +91 72000 48566 for more details and to discuss your queries / interest.

Story : 55 Fiction : The Garage

The GarageIt just started to rain. As he gazed the thatched roof, laying on the floor, without a blink, the drizzles slowly became heavy showers. A drop dripped on his eye.

He rolled down the sleeves to hide the wounds and decided to go to school. He realized, why his mother always hated the garage owner.

- Din

Insights Behind : Child Labour is not just an issue to someone who faces it and a burden to some family who become victim of it. It is our own problem, If you want to live in a better society, ensure you take care of the children around you, every one of them deserves education. Report Child Labour!


Blank Space inviteDo you write short stories? Now it’s time to get published and inspire the world. Know more about Blank Space where you can submit your short stories for free for publishing. Drop a mail to publish@propelsteps.com for registering and more details.

Know : Child Labour Problem in Nepal

Though child labor is illegal in Nepal, an estimated 1.6 million children between the ages of five and 17 years are in the work force, according to the National Child Labor Report.

About three-quarters of them are under the age of 14, and most are girls.

Child workers are a frequent sight on Kathmandu’s streets, whether cleaning dishes in local restaurants or making a living as conductors on the city’s public transport.

Many are employed in the carpet, brick and garment industries, or in private homes as domestic workers.

Employers typically see the relationship as a mutually beneficial arrangement, providing the children accommodation and education, as well as a salary that supports their families, said Krishna Hari Pushkar, director general of Nepal’s Department of Labor.

Though working as underage domestic help is defined as child labor, there is a mutual agreement between the children, their parents and the employers, Pushkar said, referring to it as “social adoption.”

Read More : CNNNepal – Child Labour Statistics – International Labour Organization

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Alert! : Everyday 40 girls under age 15- forced into Prostitution : You can Save them!

Every day in India, almost forty girls under the age of fifteen, are forced into prostitution. This film suggests a simple way by which we can help stop this inhuman practice.

Do not just keeping thinking inside the closed walls! There are thousands of innocent kids losing their way home as we talk! Just step in and give a fight for their life. When bad people can be so organized and do all this without getting caught by justice, we too can fight them organized without getting troubled by anyone.

Just make a call to 1098, 1097, 011-26224899 or 011-26475481 or +91 11 49211111 or there are 100 ways to help them just google, if we really wish to do.

Save Kids! Save the Future of the World!

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Courtesy: www.bba.org.in

Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) symbolizes the largest grassroots movement against child labour, child trafficking and child servitude, with a legacy of 33 years of crusading against slavery.