Worldwide, as many as 152 million children have jobs. They earn a few cents an hour and they simply do not have enough time to go to school and improve their future prospects. 72 million children are forced to work in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.Terre des Hommes is committed to millions of children who face these worst forms of child labour. These children are forced to work in plantations, mines, factories, as domestic slaves and as prostitutes. They perform exhausting work for many hours in a row, often in unhealthy and hazardous conditions. The work is physically, psychologically and/or morally harmful for children. Terre des Hommes is committed to millions of children who face the worst forms of child labour.
Poverty often leads to child labour. Parents regard their children as additional sources of income. War, migration and discrimination against minorities also leads to child labour. The common belief is that child labour is ‘normal’. Terre des Hommes fights child labour by:
Child exploitation exists all over the world. Terre des Hommes runs programmes to stop child labour in Asia, Africa and South-America.
Child labour comes in many forms. It can be visible or invisible. Many children work at dump sites, cut stones, work in small factories, car workshops or as a carrier in ports or on construction sites. Parents also sent their out to go begging on the streets. Others work as prostitutes or domestic slaves. Terre des Hommes uses the definition of child labour stated in Convention 182 of the International Labour Organization (ILO) about the worst forms of child labour:
Children that are victim of exploitation need protetcion. Together with our partners and donors we provide shelter, care and education. We also help parents to increase their income. We already helped thousands of children, but their is still a long way to go. Join the fight against child exploitation.