She can now give her children a better life.
In Zambia, women and children are especially vulnerable. Female-headed households tend to be poorer than those headed by men. Women often struggle with providing for their families. As a result, their children may have to work to bring home additional income. Oftentimes, households choose to marry their girls away young so that new sons in-law can join the family and help provide.
About 600,000 children are engaged in child labour, some as young as five.
In many cases, children drop out of school early to contribute to their families’ survival. They grow up lacking business and organizational skills, and their families never learn about financing opportunities that might enable them to improve their wellbeing.
The ECLT Foundation led two nationwide projects in Zambia to help these families. We raised awareness, provided scholarships, and helped families pursue income enhancement activities. We’ve help women achieve more and better options for making a living. We’ve helped make it feasible for them to keep their children in school.
Learn more about all of our projects in this country:
- Key Intervention Project on Youth Employment, 2013-2015
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Project Phase 2, 2009-2012
- Elimination of Child Labour in Tobacco Growing Project Phase 1, 2005-2009
- More than 3,000 children have been withdrawn from child labour.
- We’ve provided recreational materials and desks to over 400 children.
- We’ve raised awareness of child labour by giving out 1,100 posters, brochures, and T-shirts.
- 10 committees were formed to monitor child labour in tobacco growing.
- 153 participants were trained in farming skills so they could improve their livelihoods.
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