Poonam (11 years old) comes from a family of six. The whole family works in the mica mine and earn money by extracting and selling mica . The family live in extreme poverty and there is not enough money to send all the children to school.
In the Indian states of Bihar and Jarkhand are many children like Poonam. An estimated 20,000 children work in the mica mines in the region. Children working in the mines often do not attend school. Instead, they perform hard physical labor under hazardous conditions. Mines can collapse and children breathe in dust which can lead to a deadly lung disease.
Terre des Hommes komt op voor deze kinderen. We richten child-friendly zones op, waarin kinderen veilig zijn, naar school kunnen en ouders voorlichting krijgen over de gevaren van kinderarbeid. We helpen gezinnen ook hun inkomsten met andere activiteiten te vergroten. We kunnen dit niet alleen.
Terre des Hommes supports these children. We create child-friendly areas, where children are safe , can go to school and parents can get information about the dangers of child labour. We also help families earn a livelihood from other activities instead of mining. We cannot do this alone.
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