Pooling resources to support local solutions.
The ECLT Foundation funds projects in tobacco-growing communities worldwide to help them end child labour.
We focus on areas where children are most at risk and where our help is most needed.
We select communities based on the volume of tobacco they produce and by their country’s development indexes — and by consulting with local farmers’ associations, tobacco growers’ associations, trade unions, tobacco companies, government ministries, and the ILO.
We find out the extent of child labour in their areas and what is being done — and what needs to be done — to end it.
From there, we select qualified local partners to conduct long-term sustainable projects to:
- Help people meet labour demands without using children
- Improve policies and systems for ensuring children’s health and wellbeing, including their access to safe food and water
- Support education for children and youth
- Raise awareness so that communities can come together to protect children
- Foster community vigilance for children and give them the tools to recognize child labour and end it
Our projects make a lasting difference for the children and communities that need us most.
ECLT Foundation projects:
- Pursue a common set of five strategic objectives
- Take into account each community’s social and economic context, cultural diversity, and national and international laws governing child labour.
- Are informed, holistic, and customized to the unique needs of each community and its children.
- Are constantly monitored and measured against key performance indicators. Learn more about monitoring and evaluation.
Learn more about work in our Project Countries.
We’ve funded 23 projects in seven tobacco-growing countries, which have:
- Directly helped more than 22,000 children,
- Made more than 105,000 farmers, teachers, and other community leaders aware of the hazards of child labour in tobacco growing
- Built and rehabilitated more than 100 classrooms and vocational training facilities
- Provided financial support to over 4,500 farmers to improve their livelihoods and stop the use of child labour