The village in India that stopped trafficking in its tracks with the help of an exercise book.
The problems began for Jorgam Vilage with the floods of 2008.
The village, which heavily relied on agriculture was crippled. Villagers, who belong to the low status ‘Scheduled Castes’ found themselves crippled by hunger and in hock to loan sharks with heavy rates of interest.
All this led to an exodus of villagers. They travelled to nearby states in search of labouring jobs, where they were easily exploited.
Worse still the most vulnerable families were sending their children off with agents to find work. In reality, few children ever found proper paid employment; they were usually sold and ended up as slaves, physically exploited and forced to work in terrible conditions for no pay and no food.
It was then that Madhipura Christian Hospital – supported by Tearfund – stepped in. They managed to mobilise the whole village to stand up to the traffickers.