The World Day against Child Labour on 12th June aims to mobilise action to help the millions of girls and boys who are forced to work for their own survival. These children work in most unimaginable and dangerous conditions. Many are forced into slavery, prostitution and even armed conflict. All are at constant risk of harm and exploitation and are denied their basic right to education, health and protection.
Impact of Labouring Children in Sierra Leone
Over 24,000 children live and work on the streets of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Many can be found working on rubbish dumps where they pick bottles and scrap metal from amongst burning, stinking waste to sell to traders in the market place. These children work long hours and so miss out on school. They are at constant risk from disease and respiratory infection as well as from the adults who also work on the dumps. Whole families can be found living and working on there, perpetuating the cycle of harm as new generations are born into a life on the dump site.The need in Sierra Leone is highlighted by footage of David Tennant meeting children on the rubbish dumps of Freetown in March 2014 - watch the video.
Off the Rubbish Dump and Back to SchoolOver the past 9 years, ChildHope's partner Street Child of Sierra Leone (SCoSL) has helped thousands of working children to return to their families and get back into school. In Freetown, street social workers are identifying hundreds of children working on rubbish dumps.
"we realise how important it is to take action in order to help them get back with their families½.when they live in the streets and they are hungry, they are ready to do anything to find food" (Paramount Chief).
The children are provided with counselling and family mediation as well as small-business grants to help address the poverty that often drives them into dangerous work. Educational support prepares the children to return to school or, for older children, to enter vocational training and apprenticeships. At ChildHope we know that change cannot be achieved alone. All our work is done in partnership with the local authorities, to ensure a coordinated response and to develop systems which prevent children ending up on the rubbish dumps.
Just £25 can send a child in Sierra Leone back to school covering their school fees, uniform and books. Donate now.