Our work addresses some of the most challenging issues facing children and families around the world today, including modern day slavery and trafficking, gender inequality and dangerous working conditions. Read more about the issues we’re working on here.
Women and girls all around the world face inequality, from the wealthiest economies to the poorest, but extreme poverty puts women at an even greater disadvantage. The UK Department for International Development’s strategy on gender equality highlighted that globally, one in three women are beaten and/or sexually abused in their lifetime, over 700 million women alive today were married before their 18th birthday, 130 million girls between the age of six and 17 are out of school and 71% of the estimated 40.3 million people in modern slavery are girls and women. Girls and women across the world are held back by entrenched inequality and discrimination and many of the causes are interlinked.Read more
The ways in which people can earn a living in developing countries are changing rapidly and as a result, many of the poorest people are being led into exploitative or unpredictable work.
One of the most significant influencing factors is the change in the rural economy. World Bank statistics show that 65% of working people in the world’s poorest communities earn their living from farming. Yet the nature of farming is changing. Advances in technology and equipment have a positive impact on productivity but they often mean fewer people are needed to work on the land. The majority of farmers work informally and with no worker rights, so they are vulnerable to sudden crises in their earning.
Many other traditional livelihoods, such as weaving and pottery, have become all but extinct due to the availability of mass production and competition from overseas markets. Climate change and natural disasters are driving people away from their home communities and where they can earn a living. Children are increasingly needing to work to contribute to the income of the family, which means they miss out on school.Read more
Modern slavery and human trafficking are believed to be amongst the most widespread crimes in the world. The UN’s International Labour Organisation estimates that there are 40.3 million people trapped in modern slavery around the world. Modern day slavery is defined differently to slavery, which was about ownership, and instead focuses more on people who are being exploited and completely controlled by someone else. The charity Anti-Slavery describes anyone who is forced to work through coercion or threat, owned or controlled by an employer, dehumanised or treated as a commodity, or who has restrictions placed on their freedom of movement as being a victim of modern slavery. Children whose movement or communications are already impaired, for example through a disability, can be at even higher risk of exploitation through slavery.
The common understanding of the term ‘street children’ is that the children are without parental care and sleeping on the streets. While some children are runaways or orphans, many more are still with their families. Today, it is becoming more common to talk about ‘street-connected children’. The Consortium for Street Children, a global network of over 100 organisations, including ChildHope, defines street-connected children as children who depend on the streets to live and/or work and those who have strong connections to public spaces such as markets, parks and stations. For these children the street plays a vital role in their everyday lives and identities, even if they are not rough sleeping.Read more
It is estimated that there are around 15 million people around the world working as waste pickers on huge rubbish dumps of up to 40 acres in size. Many of them are children or mothers of young children – in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, half of all pickers are childrenRead more
Partnership is at the heart of our approach. Our partners are entrepreneurs and innovators, activists and facilitators who understand the context of the children’s lives. They share our commitment to working alongside children to bring about changes to their lives.Become a partner
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