She has a right to a better chance.
She’s just a little girl.
She’s not aware that, like all children, she belongs in school. Or that working beyond her capacity could hurt her.
Her fundamental right to a childhood and to education must be preserved, and she needs to be given support and be withdrawn from child labour, as mandated by the ILO Conventions on the Minimum Age of Employment or on Eliminating the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
We help give her this support.
The ECLT Foundation identifies and withdraws children who are engaged in child labour, and protects children at risk of entering child labour. We also protect 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.
As children are withdrawn, we help communities provide them with opportunities to reenrol in schools or vocational training and receive the services and support they need to succeed. We work with school committees and communities to improve school environments. We also work with communities and stakeholders to help sustain and monitor withdrawal efforts and we work with the families of withdrawn children to create income-generating opportunities so that children do not have to return to work and so that they understand why child labour is wrong.
We aim to support children and empower their families and communities.
We give children a better chance.
In all our Funded Projects, we work with our partners to incorporate activities to withdraw children from child labour, including:
- Awareness about policies and laws
- Youth clubs
- Village child labour committees
- Resources and information
- Collaboration with tobacco companies in the area who visit farmers and identify child labour
- We’ve formed 20 child labour committees in Kyrgyzstan to prevent child labour.
- We’re using mapping exercises to actively identify and register vulnerable children in Malawi.
- In Mozambique, 4,500 children will received quality services and will no longer be engaged in hazardous child labour by 2016.
- We’ve started processes to protect 7,800 children from child labour in Tanzania.
- We’ve trained community workers to identify child labourers in Uganda.