Faith Victory Association (FVA) as an organization promotes child rights. FVA deals with all aspects of child abuse. In our children programs, interventions against child work and child labor are priority.
According to the International Labor Organization, an estimated 211 million children around the world, ages 5 to 14, are working as child laborers. They are often exposed to conditions extremely harmful to their physical and mental well-being. Conditions are even worse in some areas where a complex set of factors including poverty, HIV/AIDs, the social dislocations of the genocide, and the cultural acceptance of child labor (particularly in rural areas). This is what is also happening in Rwanda.
In response to the great need to address issues of rights of such children that are falling prey to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and other negative factors pushing them into child work and child labor, the FVA initiated a child rights monitoring systemin (system)12 districts of Karongi, Nyamagabe, Nyabihu, Nyaruguru, Nyagatare, Ngororero, Rutsiru, Rubave, Gasabo, Kicukiro, Bugesera and Musanze in Rwanda. Partnering with local authorities, entrepreneurs and families located in these high risk areas to child labor, the organization is taking remarkable strides making a difference. Some of the many achievements so far are that women from very poor families in these districts have been gathered together in income generating cooperatives and this is reducing greatly the number of school-age children engaged in child labor.
In Rwanda, there is an estimated 367,810 (10.74%) of children (aged below 18 years) working either in their own households or outside their own households (both child work and child labor) according to the EICV3 (2010/2011) study by National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda. The same survey also revealed that 110,742 children within the age group 6-17 were working outside their own households in economic activities (representing 3% of the age group 6-17) with them 39,260 are within 6-15 years ( representing 1.1% of the children population between 6-17 years). According to this study, the agriculture sector is the largest workplace setting for children. In this regard, 40.8% of children engaged in economic activities outside their own household were in agriculture sector, followed by 31.9% engaged in domestic services, 8.1% in construction, 2.7% in industry; and 13.7 % in other activities such as trade, hotels and transportation.
In partnership with Care International, we have initiated the Village Savings and Loan (VSL) approach helping poor women to generate income from their own small savings. We have trained women in these districts on the small-scale business initiatives and we are witnessing a remarkable change.
Given the great need however, we find these achievements just a drop in the ocean. There is a lot that still needs to be done. Your support can make this happen.
Together we can solve the issue of child labor and child work and make it a history in our communities and in the whole world.