Poverty breeds desperation. Desperation leads to a question of survival. Families that live in abject poverty are forced to send their children, as young as 6 years old, working street side jobs, mines, agriculture etc.
If numbers could speak, approximately 150,000 children live on streets in Pakistan and are exposed to a multitude of life threatening situations. 13.5% of homeless children in the age group of 15-17 years are exposed to hazardous work! Lack of regulation, government and societal negligence makes it all the more difficult to confront those who pander in such practices. In many instances children are the fodder that feeds and sustains the survival of businesses.
The term “child labour”, defined by International Labor Organization, as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development.
While root cause is poverty, our aim is to first protect and provide a safe heaven to children so that their childhood can flourish and at the same time create awareness in society towards the plight of these innocent kids.