Hidden in darkness and unnoticed by the rest of the world, there exists a horrible situation in South Asia - India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Millions of children as young as five, forced to work up to 16 hours a day. Barely enough food. Poor accommodations for sleep and hygiene. Working in difficult, often dangerous situations - mines, quarries, factories, brickyards, commercial farms, hotels, shops, and on the streets.
Governments and charitable organizations are making inroads, but poverty and natural disasters have added to the stresses that increase the number of children involved.
This collection of 20 touching put hopeful short stories and a poem seeks to shine light on the darkness, exposing the situation and raising awareness of the plight of these children.
You can help with your purchase of this book, as all the net proceeds will be donated to a highly respected and trusted charity, SOS Children's Villages, which works with these children, helping them to regain their childhood, attend school, and develop skills that will allow them to live a productive life.Review -
'The central theme of the Childhood Regained anthology concerns one of our world's darkest yet most deeply hidden problems. These are tales that demand to be widely read, written by authors who deserve the widest possible audience. You can't read these stories and remain passive about the current state of child labor in Asia, or anywhere, really. Strongly recommended.' - Joe Hartlaub, Bookreporter.comReview #2 -
'Each well-researched story in Childhood Regained is rooted in the point of view of child workers, starting with the harsh realities of their lives and reaching hope-filled, satisfying conclusions. Yet, the contributing authors from around the world, with their unique writing styles, avoid clichéd, predictable, or overly sweet endings. For young readers, the poignant cover image and evocative sensory details in the writing will draw them into the book. They will be impacted by being exposed to the unfamiliar worlds in these transformative stories. As the characters experience hardship, then rescue, education that brings hope, and childhood joys restored, the reader may gain a new appreciation for all they have and a desire to help make a difference in the world. Highly recommended.' - Karen Autio, award-winning author of Second Watch, Saara's Passage, and Sabotage