CCF announced Feb. 7 that its programs in the Philippines will receive a large grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to help combat the use of child labor. The $5.5 million will be provided through CCF, World Vision and the Education Research and Development Assistance Foundation.
The U.S. Embassy stated that the initiative seeks to remove 18,000 children from hazardous work sites and professions and aims to keep another 12,000 children from being exploited. The four-year project is aimed at providing child workers with educational opportunities.
Activities will focus on reducing child workers’ barriers to attending formal school; expanding skills and business-based learning opportunities for children ages 15-17 years old; and improving the access of the children’s families to community resources relevant to the improvement of their economic status.
The Philippines has approximately 4 million child workers between the ages of 5 and 17, who are employed in hazardous occupations for sugarcane plantations, commercial agriculture, domestic work, commercial sexual exploitation, mining and quarrying, garbage scavenging and pyrotechnics.