More than 200 million children today are trapped in child labour, with an estimated 120 million of these engaged in hazardous work. In the least developed countries, this translates to nearly one in four children engaged in labour that is considered detrimental to their health and development. Poverty perpetuates the exploitative practice of child labour and child labour in turn perpetuates poverty, depriving children of an education and leaving them without the skills needed to secure a future of themselves and their communities. Many parents in impoverished countries push their children into work out of necessity, unable to sustain their families on their own incomes.
We believe every child deserves the opportunity to have a childhood. With our our partners and their local communities we work to support access to education and healthcare, protection from harm and abuse and to provide vocational skills that mean children and their parents can have alternative livelihoods that are free from exploitation.
We believe loving like Jesus means protecting and transforming the lives of the exploited.
This project provides free education to 377 children from the poorest areas of Bangalore. These children typically come from families whose parents work in rock-cutting quarries, and face a life of exploitation and danger. Our partner helps to keep these children in school, ensuring that they might not be exploited due to lack of education or options. Bangalore City Mission also provides medical camps for these children’s communities.
Our partner Bangalore City Mission runs the Women and Child Care Centre near quarry areas. The project helps little children to receive early childhood education, building first generation learners, reducing the chances of the children being drawn into child labour. Through this project, 65 children of quarry workers can learn and eat at the centre.
Wakisa Ministries runs a pregnancy crisis centre, which offers temporary shelter and pre- and post-natal care to young girls with unplanned pregnancies. The girls are often victims of sexual abuse from their families or neighbours and subsequently abandoned by their families. The girls are also equipped with vocational skills such as candle making, cookery, tailoring, urban agriculture and handicrafts. Wakisa also provides family counselling to help the girls reconcile and reintegrate with their families.