Strong, safe, and child labour free.
To keep kids safe from child labour, it takes a village.
A village that is organized, caring, and backed by:
- Leaders who can engage governments to realize the community’s vision for water, roads, sanitation, and services and to provide adequate resources to implement this vision
- Businesses that live up to their responsibilities as members of the community and major players in local and global agricultural supply chains
- Educators and human services professionals who are knowledgeable and accessible and whose fundamental role is adequately supported and recognized
- Volunteers and concerned activists who visit with families and children and help them aspire to a better life
Our goal is to help create these villages.
Tobacco-growing communities should be safe places where child labour laws are recognized and followed, and where children and young people are given opportunities to live, learn, and thrive.
To make this happen, we work with communities to build their capacity to withdraw children from child labour. We support communities to access food and safe water. We help strengthen local structures and policies. We provide income support schemes for families to alleviate poverty and enhance their livelihoods. We also engage tobacco companies to leverage their resources to ensure a better life for children in the communities where they operate.
In all our Project Countries, we work with our partners to incorporate activities to strengthen communities, including:
• Bringing stakeholders together
• Building on communities’ culture and traditions
• Supporting local officials
• Coordinating child labour actions
• Improving access to water, sanitation, and labour-saving technologies
We help people achieve the ways and means to care for themselves and care for each other.
And be strong, safe, and child labour free.
- Social workers in Kyrgyzstan are teaching their communities about child labour.
- In Malawi, parents, farmers, and children better understand the link between ending child labour and education and economic improvement.
- Community Committees for Child Protection are helping identify, withdraw, and monitor at-risk children in Mozambique.
- More people in Tanzania understand the occupational, safety, and health standards that must be enforced to protect youth legally working.
- In Uganda, the District Orphans and Vulnerable Children Committee is coordinating child labour interventions in Hoima District.
Pledge in Action
Through the Pledge of Commitment by ECLT Foundation Board Members, ECLT Board Members pledge to make the appropriate policy commitment to eliminate child labour. Members who are tobacco buyers and manufacturers pledge to apply this commitment throughout their entire tobacco-sourcing supply chains and help build the capacity of farmers and farmers’ organizations. Read the whole Pledge here.