Antananarivo, February 19th, 2021 - The United States Department of Labor (USDOL) announced this month a US$4.…
Impact of the mica supply chain on children’s rights from the Malagasy mines to the international product line…
It is a challenge to make a decent living in the impoverished south of Madagascar. Mica mining is one of very few options for people to earn a low but relatively steady source of income. Mica is mined by families - parents and children together - who suffer in harsh, unhealthy and unsafe working conditions and may earn just enough to afford one meal a day.
The rights of many children in the mining communities are violated. They go to work from a young age on an empty stomach in unsafe conditions and do not have the chance to go to school, play or rest.
At least 11,000 children work in mica mining in Madagascar. This must stop. We remove children from working in mines, and support the mica mining communities to earn a decent living. We provide them protection, care, education and legal support. We take action with governments and educate communities about children’s rights.
We are implementing two projects: one funded by the Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) in collaboration with UNICEF and the other funded by US Department of Labor in collaboration with UNDP, UNICEF and the Responsible Mica Initiative.
We work with companies to take their responsibility in the mica supply chain. We campaign, lobby and advocate to bring this issue to light and improve legislation. Join our fight. Stop child exploitation in Madagascar.