What we can do for child labor

Help child laborers

There are numerous organizations that fight illegal child labor in various projects and campaigns. Successful aid campaigns require financial resources, which at least in part have to come from donations. The donated money goes to specific projects on site, about which the organizations provide detailed information.

Donations are only one way to help. Consumers can support projects against child labor through conscious purchases.

Aid organizations like terre des hommes strongly oppose a total boycott of products made by child labor, as this would cause children to lose their jobs without being offered an alternative.

Successful help is therefore only promised by projects that enable the children to receive education and care. The aid organizations therefore urge consumers to buy products with the appropriate seals.

These seals show that the production took place under fair conditions without illegal child labor and that the company supports social programs for its workers. One example is the "GoodWeave" seal, which is supposed to prove that carpets from India and Nepal were not made with child labor.

Several large retail chains have signed voluntary commitments in which they decide not to sell any more products made from illegal child labor and to support fairer working conditions on site.

Consumers need to make it clear to industry that children around the world belong in school, not in the factory. This increases the chances of child laborers for a better future.