REALIZING EFFECTIVE ACTIONS FOR CHILDREN TOGETHER (REACT)
Mozambique Project Objectives, 2013-2016
The REACT Project is helping to make a better life for children in tobacco-growing communities in many ways.
We’re strengthening local referral systems for identifying and withdrawing children engaged in child labour, including Child Protection Committees, Victim Support Units, and local government structures.
We’re working with teachers and school councils to ensure a safe school environment that protects children, especially girls, from sexual abuse and exploitation and promotes retention in education.
We’re supporting national advocacy efforts and strategies targeting key ministries, national coordination bodies (e.g., the National Children’s Council), and international donors and decision-makers to address legislative gaps regarding children rights.
We’re engaging community leaders in debates and awareness-raising activities led by children and youth to increase understanding of the difference between child work and child labour, and the importance of education.
We’re promoting youth empowerment and livelihoods through Junior Farmer Field and Life Schools that build agricultural production skills of 750 youth ages 12 to 17 years. We’re also improving water access and sanitation capabilities for improved health outcomes.
We’re promoting economic strengthening and the diversification of livelihoods of 500 vulnerable households through Village Saving and Loans Associations. These efforts enable families to hire seasonal labour and buy labour-saving equipment that increases productivity and reduces the need for children to work in tobacco fields. We’re also providing high-value crops and training in good agricultural practices, such as conservation agriculture, crop rotation and intercropping, low-cost irrigation systems, integrated livestock, and crop production.
To maximize its impact and sustainability, the REACT Project is also building on strong relationships with district and provincial governments and creating linkages with other poverty-alleviation projects in the districts, bringing together civil society, local government, and private sectors through a project advisory committee. This strategy not only improves coordination efforts, but also builds momentum for eliminating child labour in tobacco growing and other sectors. Sharing lessons learned and good practices in eliminating child labour is an ongoing strategy at all levels of the REACT Project.