Mozambique

MOZAMBIQUE

Launched in 2013, ECLT’s project in Mozambique focuses its activities in the Angonia and Macanga Districts of the Tete Province in Northwest Mozambique. By the project’s conclusion, in mid-2017, the following is expected: 4,500 children will have benefited from quality services and will no longer be in the hazardous poverty of child labour; 500 vulnerable households will have access to financing through Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA); and 750 young people above the minimum working age will have improved livelihoods and skills through junior farmer field and life schools.

To maximise its impact and sustainability, the ECLT project continues to build strong relationships with district and provincial governments, and make connections with other poverty-alleviation projects in the districts, thus bringing together civil society, local governments and the private sector through a project advisory committee. This strategy not only improves coordination efforts, it also builds momentum for eliminating child labour in the tobacco-growing sector, among others.

WHO BENEFITED FROM ECLT PROGRAMMES IN MOZAMBIQUE FROM 2013?

CHILDREN

10,377

ADULTS

14,362

GETTING CHILDREN
OUT OF CHILD LABOUR

The ECLT Foundation identifies vulnerable children and adopts a comprehensive approach to keep them away from child labour:

  • the ECLT Foundation withdraws children who are engaged in child labour;
  • it prevents children at risk of entering child labour; and
  • it protects children who are by law old enough to work but who should not do tasks that are harmful to their health, safety and well-being.

Children taken out of child labour

ACTUAL

6109

TARGET (June 2017)

8,200

SUCCESS STORY

“Now I Am Studying and I Am Very Happy”

EDUCATING CHILDREN

By providing education opportunities and infrastructure for schools, the ECLT Foundation helps give children a better chance to succeed in life – a means to escape poverty, training for a job that uses their gifts and talents, and someday, an income to support their own children so that they can end the vicious cycle of child labour.

Children enrolled at school

ACTUAL

380

TARGET (June 2017)

3,000

Children benefiting from after-school programmes

ACTUAL

1673

TARGET (June 2017)

2,500

When they are well-equipped and supported, children fully participate in school.

Teens who are in or have graduated from apprenticeships

Through apprenticeships, Mozambiques’s youth acquire skills to get a job and earn an income that can help them live the life they want.

ACTUAL

517

TARGET (June 2017)

200

RAISING AWARENESS

The ECLT Foundation raises awareness about child labour so that parents and community members know that sending children to the fields instead of schools is a violation of children’s most basic rights.

People trained on child labour issues

With its partners, the ECLT Foundation conducts awareness-raising activities including campaigns, parent and teacher committees, workshops, calendars, publications, radio talk shows and radio dramas.

ACTUAL

8188

TARGET (June 2017)

3,500

STRENGTHENING COMMUNITIES

ECLT works with communities to build their capacity to withdraw children from child labour. We help strengthen local structures and policies to ensure sustainability, and we facilitate the participation of all stakeholders to create synergies for a greater impact.

SUCCESS STORY

Making Child Protection
Committees Sustainable

In the Angonia and Macanga Districts, the reality of children working on local plantations has long been the norm. Today, ECLT supports multi-stakeholder groups consisting of community members and local leaders, known as Community Committees for Child Protection, which raise community awareness on the dangers and consequences of child labour on children’s lives and identify children who are at risk of entering child labour.

They are responsible for visiting all tobacco and mining production areas to identify whether children are engaged in child labour. If they are, they notify local authorities and record their findings on a data collection form. They visit families and schools to ensure that children remain in class, and they gather statistics to record beneficiaries.

With ECLT’s support, six Community Committees for Child Protection are now registered associations in Mozambique; this will make their activities sustainable long after the conclusion of ECLT’s project. These committees also often set up Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) that support the launch of businesses to improve community livelihoods. ECLT organises meetings with all committees, and those which are most organised are encouraged to advise others and play the role of referee for the future. ECLT has compiled best practices for these committees into a guide, and will continue to compile this information given the uniqueness of this particular project and the legal formalities involved in committee formation in Mozambique. 

ALLEVIATING POVERTY

Poverty is one of the key root causes of child labour. The ECLT Foundation works with communities to increase economic opportunities for families so they can better deal with this everyday struggle. 

Parents saving money and accessing loans through Village Savings and Loan Groups 

Village savings and loan groups bring community members together, encouraging them to save money for expenses like school fees and giving them an opportunity to receive small loans or gain interest on their savings.

ACTUAL

TARGET (June 2017)

626

500

VSLA members in Mozambique

314 women

188 men

Households that received seeds for a homestead garden

ACTUAL

935

TARGET (June 2017)

500