Almost all child workers surveyed are involved in one or more of the following activities: cutting sugarcane, fishing, cleaning/selling fish, or stone breaking in a quarry. Small numbers are also involved in craft making or trade. The average age of child workers is around 12 years of age, and the majority of those interviewed were male.
Although there are differences across industries, most children typically work between 6 and 10 hours a day, 5 days each week. The median wage is USD 50 cents/day and 70% of children have experienced serious injuries during their labor such as cuts to the hands, feet, or face; near drowning; head injuries from falling stones; or water-borne parasites.
The majority of children are working to meet basic needs, such as food and clothing, and school supplies. Unfortunately, due to the high rate of HIV/AIDS and other diseases, nearly 40% of child workers surveyed were orphans, and another 38% had lost one parent due to death or abandonment. This means that children are often looking after themselves, or staying with more distant relatives who are already caring for families of their own.
Only 13% of children surveyed were attending school full-time. Most had left because school fees and supplies were too expensive, or because they were needed to work to feed themselves.
What You Can Do:
During the months of July and August, I will be operating three main projects in the target area of Musoli Parish. These projects are aimed at addressing some of the main causes of child labor, as discovered in the study mentioned above.
The feasibility of these projects is completely dependent on the amount of funds that I am able to raise in the upcoming weeks. A total of approximately $1100 USD would be required to complete all three projects.
The full version of the report is available upon request. Please find an executive summary of the report here: