Together with our local partners in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Philippines we want to tackle the worst forms of child labour. Our strategy is as follows:
We want to eradicate its main causes, poverty and lack of education, by helping vulnerable children and their families. Children can go to school or receive vocational training and families will get the opportunity to increase their income (e.g. help with setting up a business and offering training). Through giving information on the consequences of child labour we also raise the awareness of the population of the countries in which we are active. We also cooperate with companies, with the aim of them putting a stop to using (mainly) the worst forms of child labour.
We help child labourers, so they can get out of their situation (of exploitation). After that we provide them with medical and psychological care, shelter and legal assistance. We also help them with the return to their family or community, and make sure they can go to school and they and their families receive financial support.
Promotion and lobby
Together with our partners we urge countries to develop legislation and policies that prevent child labour. Asian countries are united in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation). We call upon these alliances to meet the commitments in the field of child labour.
We also cooperate with the media, celebrities and influential companies. Together we act against child labour and we exert influence on community leaders, governments and the population. We stimulate them to think about alternatives for child labour.
We advocate for taking a firm line with perpetrators of child labour and exploitation. This calls for a reinforcement of the law system through awareness campaigns and also for police and justice to have the right people and means to tackle this problem. We also want victims of child labour to receive legal aid. We also provide legal assistance to children in court.