127,000 Nepali children are trapped in the worst forms of child labour
“Few human rights abuses are so widely condemned, yet so widely practised. Let us make (child labour) a priority. Because a child in danger is a child that cannot wait.”
– Kofi Annan,Former UN Secretary-General
Maya’s ordeal began in 2011 when, as a 10 year old, she came to the city for a visit with her uncle. Little did she know he would force her into becoming one of the country’s estimated 1.6 million child laborers, putting her to work in exchange for money to give her parents .For the next year, instead of going to school, she said she was made to work from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. everyday, with barely any breaks. No life for a child: The grim reality of Nepal’s child labourers – Bibek Bhandari, for CNN August 15, 2013
Every child has the right to an education, whether it’s an academic education or vocational skill-training. An educated child can expand their opportunities in the future and reap long-term benefits. At Kriayt, we discuss the importance of child education with the mothers we work with and offer stable employment opportunities to give them the capacity to send their children to school as opposed to sending them out to work. We also co-ordinate with the appropriate organisations that specialise in this field and refer serious cases of child labour to them. They have the expertise to work to take the child out of danger and get them on track to a brighter future.
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