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Change will be a long time coming, but it is beginning to happen. Today, Shanti is on a monitoring mission with "Smile", the head of an NGO working to protect and support Kamaiya children. Smile used to be a bonded labourer himself but managed to win a scholarship to university and a new life. Now he wants others to have the same chances as him.<br />
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Among Nepal's untouchable class are the Kamaiya - a social group who have traditionally sold themselves and their children into bonded labour, for as little as US$50 a year. Even though the Kamaiya system has been legally abolished, the practice of bonded child labour, or kamalari, is still prevalent. The children perform menial labour, mostly as domestic servants, or in small businesses and on farms. They work all day, every day. They have no childhoods. They don't go to school. There is nowhere to turn if they are abused. They have almost no chance of breaking out of this poisonous system to make a better life for themselves or their own children in the future.<br />
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This has been going on for 2,000 years.

Change will be a long time coming, but it is beginning to happen. Today, Shanti is on a monitoring mission with "Smile", the head of an NGO working to protect and support Kamaiya children. Smile used to be a bonded labourer himself but managed to win a scholarship to university and a new life. Now he wants others to have the same chances as him.

Among Nepal's untouchable class are the Kamaiya - a social group who have traditionally sold themselves and their children...
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