This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of IKEA Foundation. All opinions are 100% mine.
Living in America we have a lot of great opportunities and advantages that other countries do not have and one of them that I personally like is that our child labor laws are strict. I remember being in High school wanting to work more hours but the law wouldn't allow it but with good reasoning. Had I worked more hours time would have been taken away from the education I was getting and needed to get.
”We know there is no quick-fix solution to ending child labor, but long–term approaches can yield impressive results. The IKEA Foundation, with our partners, has been tackling this issue in India for nearly a decade. This new phase reinforces our long-term commitment and our desire to help millions more children out of child labor and back into the classrooms.”
Per Heggene IKEA Foundation’s CEO
There are a lot of countries where children there do not get the same advantages in life as our children do living here in America. The IKEA Foundation works with the IKEA Foundation Partners who apply innovative approaches to help children have better lives, from things like a place to call home, a healthier start to life and a quality education! Currently the programs reach over 100 million children but there are so many more who are in need of help. Currently there is an IKEA Foundation Child Labor initiative which is to get the word out about World Day Against Child Labor Day and you can find even more information in the IKEA Foundation video plus on the IKEA Foundation Facebook. Wouldn't it be nice if kids all around the world were able to be kids, live and grow and have opportunities instead of having to go to work at a crazy young age?
Children are put to work at very young ages in many countries around the world and the IKEA Foundation is helping make their lives better and help stop that from happening! June 12 was World Day Against Child Labor and the IKEA Foundation and their Partner Save the Children unveiled a $7 million dollar program to protect 790,000 children who currently live in areas where the cotton fields are where they are put to work. The goal is to get children out of working and into classrooms where they can learn.
There is one story that explains all of the stories that the children face in places like India, Tejas is a 10 year old child (only a year older then my oldest daughter!) who was working in fields for only $1.67 a day!! Children go to work as early as the age of 5!! I couldn't even imagine ANY of my kids going to work right now, they need to be in school and learning and playing and figuring out life and who they are!
Are you wondering what you can do to help? Spread the word, get the word out that there are young children all over the world who are working when they should be learning. The more awareness there is the more help can be provided. You all know I firmly believe in keeping kids kids as long as you can and this is just a small way to help out kids all over the world!