In the New Seemapuri trash dump, children hunch over to search for recyclable items among the heap of trash. Rag-picking, or rummaging through trash to collect salvageable items, is a way of life for many families living in New Seemapuri, a slum area of New Delhi, India.
This painstaking job can take last all day and the workers, who are mostly children, often earn just $1 a day for the work. As they spend much of their time rag picking, many children have to drop out of school in order to support their family.
PCI’s vocational training center in New Seemapuri targets children who are left doing rag picking. The vocational training center aims to give children the skills that would allow them to alternative sources of income.
Seema Rani used to spend her time rapgpicking in order to help support her family six. After hearing about the tailoring and dressmaking classes that PCI’s vocational training center offered, Seema enrolled in the courses to provide her with a better education and future.
After graduating from the course, this hard worker immediately set-off to fulfilling dress and alteration orders. Her only problem: she didn’t own a sewing machine; she was left borrowing others in order to finish her work. After hearing of Seema’s struggles, PCI provided her with a sewing machine.
Seema refers to her sewing machine as her biggest “weapon” – a weapon that will help fulfill her dreams. With her newfound skills and “weaponry,” Seema can both support her family and her dreams of continuing her education.