ELIMINATION OF CHILD LABOUR IN TOBACCO GROWING IN KYRGYZSTAN (IMPACT)
Kyrgyzstan Project Objectives, 2013-2015
We’re setting up and training district and community committees about the issues of child labour and how to identify vulnerable children. We’re piloting a Child Labour Monitoring System in four districts in collaboration with national and district authorities.
The IMPACT Project is:
- Supporting rehabilitation and improvement of eight schools to provide a more conducive school environment, and increase school attendance, retention, and performance
- Annually sponsoring 200 withdrawn children to attend summer camps and benefit from a healthy and restful environment during peak harvesting seasons
- Creating and equipping eight vocational courses to give students useful skills demanded on the labour market
- Developing a module on business skills and financial management for youth and providing training to youth from vocational courses
- Providing 36 small startup grants on a competitive basis to groups of young graduates for opening their own businesses
Our implementing partners are developing and disseminating educational materials related to child labour and child rights, and training school boards, teachers, school parliaments, parents, pupils, social workers, and local authorities on issues of child labour.
We’re facilitating regular meetings of the National Advisory Committee, District Child Labour Committees, and Community Child Labour Committees to exchange experiences and share plans for future activities. We’re also supporting the Ministry of Social Development in developing Terms of References for Social Workers and helping social workers address child labour-related issues.
The IMPACT Project is:
- Creating 130 mutual aid groups and providing training on financial management and business planning
- Providing conditional loans to 1,500 farmers annually to help them diversify their livelihoods and exit poverty
- Developing a training manual on good agriculture practices and financial management and training for mutual aid group leaders
- Facilitating training on village savings and loan methodology and monitoring mutual aid groups
- Creating six farmers’ cooperatives and providing credits to purchase agriculture machinery
- Facilitating trainings for eight cooperatives (six new and two from the former project) on business and management of cooperatives
- Supporting 33 most vulnerable families through a small livestock pass-on scheme to increase income and address poverty issues