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The ECLT Foundation is committed to collaborative solutions for children and their families that combat the root causes of child labour in tobacco-growing communities.

We advocate for strong policies, share best practices to multiply our impact, and engage rural families so they can benefit from farming while ensuring that their children are healthy, educated, safe from exploitation, and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Child Labour Newsroom

Protecting children from child labour: Children’s fundamental rights

This year marks the 30th anniversary of one of the most accepted international conventions, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Since the signing of the CRC in 1989, children and the fulfilment of their rights have come a long way. Read our article to learn more.

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    Mozambique: Rural Development for a Brighter Future

    Since January 2019, ECLT has been working with implementing partners IDE and FAA to fight child labour in Mozambique, a country where 1 in 5 children is in child labour. Read our article to learn about our impact this year.

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    Annual Report 2018 - Beyond the Numbers

    ECLT’s 2018 Annual Report looks back at some of the highlights in the fight against child labour over the past year. Going beyond the numbers we’re sharing the stories of some of our beneficiaries about our sustainable programmes in six countries.

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News and insights

152 Million Children still in Child Labour

According to the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, there are still 152 million children involved in child labour.

Seventy one percent of them, or 108 million children, are working in the agricultural sector, including tobacco growing. This work is often hazardous.

See our impact

Since 2000, the ECLT Foundation has reached over 650,000 children and their families in farming communities around the world.

Our impact is sustainable because we mobilise everyone involved: governments, employers, unions, international organisations, companies, communities, and children themselves, for systemic change.

  • 44k

    CHILDREN

    were sent to school and benifited from vocational training

  • 455k

    COMMUNITY MEMBERS

    were reached through awarness-raising activities

  • 400+

    KEY STAKEHOLDERS

    were brought together to renew commitments on national action plant to eliminate child labour

  • 40k

    FAMILIES

    in tobacco-growing communities were financially empowered

A Global Leader
Against Child Labour

The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation is committed to pursuing collaborative solutions for children and their families to combat the root causes of child labour in agricultural communities.

We advocate for strong government and private sector policies to keep children out of labour and promote decent work. Our impact is multiplied through research, field testing and the sharing of good practices.

About us

Founded in Switzerland in 2000, the ECLT Foundation works to promote the full realisation of the rights of children and their families in agricultural communities, as defined by international human rights frameworks.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, Alliance 8.7 and a holder of United Nations ECOSOC special consultative status, ECLT works locally, nationally and internationally to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially SDG target 8.7.

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