Balu worked in a brick kiln. Instead of playing and laughing like small children in Australia, he worked long and hard hours in the baking section of the kiln… (read more).
Ruby’s job was to carry bricks in and out of a kiln. There was no time to be a child, to play and laugh – she had to work like the rest of her family… (read more).
Around the world, every day, over 250 million children – who should be playing or at school – are working. They mostly live in developing countries working in damaging and hazardous industries like forestry, brick making, charcoal burning, mining and explosives manufacture. Generally, child labourers work 12 hour days or longer.
Every day, some of these children die, fall ill or are injured by industrial diseases and accidents. Each day a child works significantly reduces their life expectancy.
Child labour exists even though it is illegal in almost all of the countries where it is prevalent. For example, there are up to 100 million child labourers in India alone, a country that has declared child labour to be illegal and has ratified the United Nations (UN) Conventions outlawing child labour.
However, something can be done to change the lives of these children and it won’t cost the earth. Through your support Too Young To Work (TYTW) projects are building schools in India to get children out of child labour and into school. Focusing on a variety of hazardous industries in three regions in India, TYTW projects are helping hundreds of children learn to live.