Options and opportunities for Tolubai.
Not long ago, Tolubai struggled to make the most of his land and put food on the table for his family. His children often missed school to work on the farm, and his oldest son could not go to university because of the family’s low income.
Tolubai’s story was not unusual.
- In Kyrgyzstan, one in five children are involved in child labour
- In the Kyrgyz Republic, almost 40.3 % of all children work
- Almost all child labourers—95%—are employed as unpaid family workers, mostly in the agricultural sector
In Kyrgyzstan, the ECLT Foundation is helping these children live, learn, and thrive.
We’re working with local partners to provide education, raise awareness, strengthen communities, and withdraw children from labour. We’re also giving families like Tolubai’s the ways and means to rise out of poverty, with microcredits and loans to improve farming and increase income.
We’re working with communities on solutions that they can implement and sustain, and we’re helping families keep their children out of child labour.
Learn more about all of our projects in this country:
- Implementing Practices to Address Child Labour in Tobacco in Kyrgyzstan (IMPACT), 2013–2015
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing in Kyrgyzstan, 2010–2012
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing in Kyrgyzstan, 2007–2010
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing in Kyrgyzstan, 2005–2007
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- Community committees have been trained to identify vulnerable children.
- 200 children have been sponsored to attend summer camps instead of working.
- Educational materials on how to end child labour have been created and distributed.
- We’ve helped develop local practices and systems to combat child labour.
- 1,000 farmers annually have received loans on the condition that they stop using children as workers.
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