AEPC sup­ports Aider’s Day Care Cen­tre for worker’s chil­dren

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Aider, a New Delhi-based NGO, which works for the wel­fare of home-based work­ers in the gar­ment in­dus­try, opened its Day Care Cen­tre for the chil­dren (age group from 3 to 15 years) of work­ers re­sid­ing in Ka­pashera (Delhi). Sup­ported by Ap­parel Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil (AEPC), the Cen­tre, ini­tially for 70 chil­dren, will im­part com­puter ed­u­ca­tion and en­sure proper nu­tri­tion and health to the young ones. This is the sec­ond ini­tia­tive of Aider as the NGO, with the help of Next, UK is al­ready run­ning a sim­i­lar cen­tre at Mo­lar­band near Badarpur bor­der in Delhi and is sup­port­ing nearly 2,500 home­work­ers of that area.

The new cen­tre is close to Gur­gaon, so it will be ben­e­fi­cial for the Gur­gaon-based work­ers. HKL Magu, Chair­man, AEPC, inau­gu­rat­ing the cen­tre said, “AEPC ex­pects that Aider will ex­e­cute AEPC’s sup­port in a fruit­ful way for the home­work­ers’ chil­dren. These chil­dren need to be taken care of, es­pe­cially from the health and ed­u­ca­tion point of view and our joint ef­forts will surely help them.” Viren­der K Jha, Founder, Aider

NGO as­sured that he will con­tinue work for the up­lift­ment of work­ers and their chil­dren. He urged brands and stake­hold­ers of the in­dus­try to come for­ward in larger num­ber to sup­port Aider for the up­lift­ment of work­ers. He also added that Aider is work­ing to cre­ate and sup­port a sys­tem so that home­work­ers can get pen­sion as af­ter 60 years, they re­ally don’t have any fi­nan­cial sup­port to live on.

– Vikram Pan­dita, Asia Head, Next Plc (UK) – Ran­jeeb Sarma, Senior Man­ager, Com­pli­ance, CSR and Plan A, Marks & Spencer – Anu­radha Sharma, Chair­man Lo­cal Com­plaint Com­mit­tee, Gur­gaon

“With Aider, we have seen good im­prove­ment in Mo­lar­band area. Sin­gle brands can’t feed full work all the time to 2,500 home­work­ers of this area, so I urge other brands and in­dus­try to give some work there also.” “Marks & Spencer is do­ing a lot of CSR and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. Our ef­forts will in­crease and sup­port the in­dus­try more in ar­eas that are worker-driven.” “These ef­forts are touch­ing those parts of the sup­ply chain which are nor­mally ig­nored, but value in the prod­uct comes only from these home­work­ers. These ef­forts to sup­port them are in­cred­i­ble. I am im­pressed with the con­fi­dence of these chil­dren.” “Col­lec­tive ef­forts are very much needed for the wel­fare of women work­ers. I am ob­serv­ing Aider’s ef­forts from last three years and it is good to see that the most ne­glected part of the in­dus­try is be­ing sup­ported by Aider.”

HKL Magu, Chair­man, AEPC in­au­gu­rated the cen­tre

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