If the poorest families of Andhra Pradesh State in India did not indenture their children to serve in the households of landlords, or to harvest cottonseeds and flowers, or to herd goats for wealthier neighbors—or if they simply did not send them to work in local factories instead of sending them to school—would not these poor families be even poorer? Many well-meaning people think so. But Shantha Sinha, Secretary of the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya (MV) Foundation, disagrees. And in Andhra Pradesh, she is proving she is right.
By : Shanta Sinha, Magasay Awardee