After receiving a $15 Million grant from the US Department of Labor (USDOL), World Vision spearheaded a 4-year campaign that will focus on combating child labor at the sugarcane areas in the country. The project is called the ABK3-LEAP: Livelihoods, Education, Advocacy and Protection to Reduce Child Labor in Sugarcane, and it started late last year until 2014. Together with the implementing partners ChildFund Philippines (CF), Education Research Development Assistance (ERDA), Group Sugar Industry Foundation, Inc. (SIFI), Community Economic Ventures, Inc. (CEVI), and University of the Philippines Social Action and Research for Development Foundation, Inc. (UP-SARDF), they will target 52,000 Children who are either engaged or at high risk of child labor in the Sugarcane Industry including the 25, 000 households (family).
Culanag discussed the 5 objective of the ABK 3 LEAP including:
- Reduce child labor through provision of direct education, livelihood, social protection and youth employment services and linkages to support services
- Strengthen policies and capacity on Child Labor, Education, Sustainable Livelihood and Social Protection
- Raise Awareness on Exploitative Child Labor, its root causes, the importance of education, social protection and decent work for children/youth of legal working age
- Support Research, Evaluation and the collection and dissemination of reliable data on Child Labor, its root causes and/or effective strategies
- Promoting long-term sustainability of efforts to combat exploitative child labor livelihood
With a tagline – Sugar is Sweeter Without Child Labor aims to protect children from forced labor, exploitation and health risk because of the dangerous area. Since ABK was established in 2003, World Vision has assisted more than 61,000 children engaged or at risk of the worst forms of child labor in 9 provinces in the country in support of the Department of Education’s “Education for All” (EFA) Goals and the Philippine Program Against Child Labor. With the grant given by USDOL, the project will reach out to bigger population of child labor.
Know more about the project of World Vision and how to help, visit www.worldvision.org,ph.