21, Bhadra, Saptari
Kajal Kumari, 16, of Bishnupur Gaonpalika Ward No. 6 of Saptari always goes to the brick kiln at 8 in the morning. She returns home after carrying bricks for four hours.
Kajal said that she has been earning Rs. 350 a day by transporting one thousand bricks. She said, “I used to carry 10 raw bricks on my head and take them to the burning place at a time.”
She said that she has been earning Rs 10,000 to Rs 12,000 a month by transporting bricks. She has 7 sisters and one brother and 8 sisters. He has ten members in his family including his parents.
In the name of property, there is nothing but plotting. She said that she had been helping her family financially by working since her father had no money to support her family.
She dropped out of class two. She said, “No one from our community studies in our ward. I didn’t like reading either, I didn’t even know the importance of reading. Seeing that other children like me have earned money by working in kilns, I have also started earning money by carrying bricks for 3 years.
When you make money, your needs are met. There are no problems in life.
Rupa Kumari of the same ward has always been 17 years old. It has been 3 years since she started working in the kiln. There are nine members in his family including five brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents.
She started working in a kiln after her father started spending money on alcohol in a brick kiln.
She says, “No one in our community goes to school, I did too. I started working in a brick kiln after having trouble making two meals a day.
She is the eldest daughter of the family. The family’s situation has improved since he started earning. It has become easier for siblings and family members to make ends meet. She carries 8 bricks at a time. She works 5 hours a day. She earns 8 to 10 thousand per month.
Kali Kumari, 15, of the same ward has been carrying bricks for two years. He has three siblings. Her mother has been sick. She said that after her father started spending all his money on alcohol, he started carrying bricks as he had difficulty in running his family.
She said, I earn 9 to 11 thousand a month. I didn’t want to pay for my family’s expenses, but I don’t send anyone from our community to school. I didn’t even have the financial means to study.
Kali Devi Sada, 14, of the same ward said, “No one in our community has been able to get an educated job.” There is no property.
Wages are all over.
There are more family members. According to Kelly, most of the children in our community in the ward have been forced to carry bricks to help their families financially as the money earned by their parents has been spent on alcohol.
She says there are a dozen brick kilns in a nearby village. We all get jobs easily. Again, no matter how poor the children of other communities are, they do not go to work in the brick kiln. Only young children in our community go.
Regarding success, 50-year-old Durga Devi Sada of the same place said, “If the children of our community above the age of 12 to 13 do not go to work in the brick kiln, we will have problems to make ends meet.”
The money spent by the daughters is spent on the family. The money earned by the sons can be spent on alcohol and cigarettes.
According to Durga Devi, the children earning their livelihood are forced to work in the brick kiln before reaching the age as the money earned by their husbands is spent in the distillery. Similarly, 45-year-old Asha Devi Sada said, “We have a problem to support our family as the money we earn during the day is spent on alcohol.”
If there were no brick kilns nearby, it would be very difficult to make a living.
Children and mothers who can work for two meals a day are forced to work in kilns. According to local girls, the brick kiln has been in trouble for five months of the year during the rainy season.