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    gets children on the path to their dreams

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The ECLT Foundation is committed to collaborative solutions for children and their families that combat the root causes of child labour in tobacco-growing communities.

We advocate for strong policies, share best practices to multiply our impact, and engage rural families so they can benefit from farming while ensuring that their children are healthy, educated, safe from exploitation, and encouraged to reach their full potential.

Child Labour Newsroom

Learn for Dreams: Mwalimu's Story

Quality education holds the key to getting children on the path to their dreams and away from child labour. This is Mwalimu's story about how quality education is changing children's futures in her village in Tanzania.

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    School Gardens to Learn and Grow

    A good diet is essential for school-aged children. School gardens are a sustainable way to provide children, in farming communities, with the nutritious meals they need to focus in school and teach them life skills.

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    Brighter Futures in Mozambique

    ECLT partners with iDE and FAA to reach over 32,000 children, farmers and families in Mozambique, focusing on communities that are at particular risk of child labour. The project's approach aims to improve access to and quality of education for children, support parents to strengthen and diversify their incomes, raise awareness of the dangers of child labour and support National Action Plans for lasting and wide-reaching impact against child labour.

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News and insights

152 Million Children still in Child Labour

According to the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates, there are still 152 million children involved in child labour.

Seventy one percent of them, or 108 million children, are working in the agricultural sector, including tobacco growing. This work is often hazardous.

See our impact

Since 2000, the ECLT Foundation has reached over 650,000 children and their families in farming communities around the world.

Our impact is sustainable because we mobilise everyone involved: governments, employers, unions, international organisations, companies, communities, and children themselves, for systemic change.

  • 44k

    CHILDREN

    were sent to school and benifited from vocational training

  • 455k

    COMMUNITY MEMBERS

    were reached through awarness-raising activities

  • 400+

    KEY STAKEHOLDERS

    were brought together to renew commitments on national action plant to eliminate child labour

  • 40k

    FAMILIES

    in tobacco-growing communities were financially empowered

A Global Leader
Against Child Labour

The Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation is committed to pursuing collaborative solutions for children and their families to combat the root causes of child labour in agricultural communities.

We advocate for strong government and private sector policies to keep children out of labour and promote decent work. Our impact is multiplied through research, field testing and the sharing of good practices.

About us

Founded in Switzerland in 2000, the ECLT Foundation works to promote the full realisation of the rights of children and their families in agricultural communities, as defined by international human rights frameworks.

As a member of the UN Global Compact, Alliance 8.7 and a holder of United Nations ECOSOC special consultative status, ECLT works locally, nationally and internationally to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially SDG target 8.7.

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