One of the most heartbreaking things about sourcing artisanal products overseas is witnessing the poverty in the countries we visit. Seeing families living on the streets, children foraging through garbage for food and toddlers barely mobile, begging in busy traffic is sadly common. Giving locally may provide some temporary relief but doesn’t solve the problem so this year we have decided to support ChildHope.
ChildHope is an established international children’s charity based in the UK, which has been working with local partners in Africa, Asia and South America supporting street and working children for 25 years.
The charity supports vulnerable children in:
- India, Kenya, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Tanzania – helping children living and working on the street to get education, welfare and where possible to return to their families.
- Peru and Bangladesh – working to stop hazardous child labour, such as rubbish recycling, by reducing poverty and supporting children back into education.
- Brazil, Ethiopa, Uganda and Peru – working to stop the exploitation of girls and child marriage.
Watch the video below to learn more about the charity’s work.
Children’s Development Khazana
Learn more about one of the charity’s inspiring projects, Children’s Development Khazana in India, from the video below. ChildHope with its Indian partner, Butterflies, discovered that the small amounts of money street children were earning was being stolen so they created a bank, Children’s Development Khazana, which is run by the children. This project has been so successful that it has been rolled out across ten states in India and eight countries worldwide have adopted the scheme.
How Can You Help?
Learn more about ChildHope UK and find out how you can get involved here.
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