Childhope launches steps to help end child labour in Bangladesh.
ChildHope believes that children should enjoy a safe and secure childhood, but for those growing up in the toughest circumstances, these rights are denied. Born into extreme poverty and violence, they have no protection. Our works supports children who are considered the hardest to reach. These children may live and work on the street, be at risk of trafficking or child marriage, victims of abuse or sexual exploitation, working on rubbish dumps or in contact with the law. Children with disabilities are more likely to be stigmatised, abused, exploited or neglected.
We are ambitious. Our current strategy commits to supporting 250,000 of these hardest to reach children by 2020.
Bangladesh is the world’s second largest producer of clothes for high street fashion retailers. The garment industry is the single biggest factor in the growth of Bangladesh’s GDP, from USD 21.77 billion in 1986 to USD 221.42 billion by 2016 (World Bank). More than 80% of the country’s export market is ready made clothes for Europe and America. There are around 3.5 million people working in 5000 factories and 85% of them are women.Read more Donate now
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 Dhaka alone half of all waster pickers are children. The life of a waste picker is brutally hard. The hours are long and the pay is poor but more than that, the conditions are unimaginable. Waste pickers are exposed to unhygienic conditions, toxic fumes, medical and sanitary waste, and injury from sharp objects and machinery. But their lack of skills, caste and disability discrimination, and dire poverty means waste picking is their only means of survival.Read more View all issues
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