Child labor is a complex problem rooted in the extreme poverty of many developing countries. It deprives youth of the opportunity to attend school or forces them to leave school prematurely.
AIR works to eliminate and prevent child labor through education and skills training and through community-wide interventions that change attitudes and behaviors that sustain child labor practices.
We take a holistic approach by addressing not only children’s educational needs, but also their health needs, their families' economic situations and societal pressures.
AIR's work to fight child labor focuses on:
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Together with its Nicaraguan partners (La Cuculmeca, INPRHU-Somoto, and Club Infantil), AIR is working to reduce the worst forms of child labor in Nicaragua by providing access to and improving the quality and relevance of education as well as providing skills or vocational training for 10,045 children, mostly in the rural and urban areas of the Departments of Jinotega and Madriz.
RECLAIM withdrew/prevented approximately 2,960 children from exploitive child labor by enrolling them in either formal or vocational education programs, and provided income generation alternatives to 500 women.
The RECLISA website provides up to date information regarding this project's activities in Southern Africa as well as a wealth of resources about child labor in that part of Africa.