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We are speaking out

In In Uttar Pradesh, India we are empowering brick kiln workers, like Shakurtala, to stand up for their rights and bring real changes for their families and their community.

Shakurtala's family and neighbours rely on the local brick kiln for work. It is a backbreaking job with wages as low as 100 rupees (about £1) for a day's work. Workers face dangerous and dirty conditions and exploitation by employers. Brick kiln workers like Shakurtala didn't have the knowledge or skills to challenge the injustices they faced. That's why Find Your Feet works in villages like hers to help people understand their labour rights and access government services and schemes they are entitled to. Our project is the only one of its kind in Uttar Pradesh and workers have now registered their own trade union so they can lobby for their labour rights at the highest levels of government. This will not only improve their life today, but also help to secure a future free from poverty for their children.

"We face many months of hardships, the brick kiln owners take our work but we don't get our dues and our fight has been relentless. But now we can fight in a legal manner and this has more impact. Now we have a trade union. I also have three sons in the brick kilns who don't get full and fair wages, but now they will."

This vital work would not be possible without you. Support us today and help us reach more people like Amon, Parbati and Shakurtala so their families can build a future free from poverty.


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