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Pakistan; a sustainable end to Child Labour

Mughlabad, it is a small slum area in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. This region is very impoverished and has known drug problems which makes the children highly vulnerable to child labor and abuse.
Child labour has been one of the most challenging issues in Pakistan. Child labour is not only hard and physically daunting but anything that aims to keep children out of school can be considered child labour in Pakistan according to the Punjab Compulsory Education Act 1994.
Roughly 10-15 percent of the work force in Pakistan is based on Children. These children work in factories, road side restaurants, in homes and hazardous industries. The main reason why these children are forced into labour is because of families and the pressure to keep them fed. An average joint family has about 9-12 family members. According to estimates from the Asian Development bank there is about 24% population living below the poverty line in Pakistan. Both these factors join in to make the child work from an early age, the children work as early as 4-5 years old. Moreover business owners present the harsh reality that this labour is cheap and such owners do not complain much against the working conditions. Such a ‘business model’ is regularly replicated. The Children are placed in these often violent conditions where they are vulnerable to abuse and are targeted.
The laws are present but are ignored, such as the Compulsory Education Act, more over the Factories Act 1934 section 50, prohibits any the employment of any child under the age of 14. The implementation of these laws is questionable. Some children are found to be working at roadside restaurants as waiters, cleaners and dishwashers, these small businesses save money by hiring these children who are directed by their families to work and earn for the household. Many of the Children work as debt slaves in industries where, the parents take loans against the child’s name and the factory owner becomes the ‘owner’ of the child; with this being most common in factories and industries. Some work as help in the homes of people, where the boys do the ‘odd jobs’ and girls either do the household work or are taken as caretakers of the newborn in the home. These children are subjected to emotional, mental and physical abuse by their bosses as there is no one to question them.

PARWAZ (Flight) Project

Parwaz has provided an opportunity for the children stuck in child labor. The joint efforts of Fondazione Cariello Corbino and SUPPORT CHILDREN has aimed to rehabilitate these children into formal education by providing them with informal education opportunities first and finally enabling them to enroll in formal educational institutes. We achieve this by creating a comfortable and safe transition for the children into a homely class room environment and giving them a basic education. Our teachers and coordinator work tirelessly for the children. We also created a compliance with the family by providing monthly Ration packets against the income of the child. This ensures that the family dynamic is able to prevent further poverty and in addition allows the child to be safely educated away from their place of labour.

We at PARWAZ (Flight) have compounded donations for this project with the efforts of Fondazione Cariello Corbino, however, these contributions can only last for 4 months and we need more support to make this a sustainable activity for the children to decrease the chance of relapse into child labor.

The monthly cost of running this project is 750 Euros and we wish to fund raise for a 4 month extension phase which equates to 3000 Euros.

SUPPORT CHILDREN believes that;


We hope that we can find the Support these children need to live a healthy uncompromised childhood, we are not only keeping these children out of work but also providing them safety from the predators in the society.

Cost Break down:

Ration for 8 Families€ 210
Rent + Utilities€ 142.29
Salary of coordinator€ 113.83
Travel Expence€ 57
Salaries for Teachers€ 142.29
Utilities€ 40
Stationery and supplies for children€ 40
Total€ 751

Your kind donation will go directly to our registered charity partner the Fondazione Cariello Corbino Paypal Account connected to the Fondazione Cariello Corbinos registered Charity Bank Account. . Fondazione Cariello Corbino is a registered Italian foundation – C.F. 90093170638

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