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ILAB News Release: [11/26/2012]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Laura McGinnis
Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x4653
Release Number: 12-2315-NAT

US Department of Labor awards $10 million agreement to World Vision to combat child labor in Cambodia

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced a $10 million cooperative agreement to World Vision for a project to combat child labor in Cambodia's agriculture, fishing, fisheries, aquaculture and domestic service sectors.

World Vision will partner with local nongovernmental organizations Wathnakpheap, Farmer Livelihood Development, Vulnerable Children Association Organization, and Cambodia Development Resource Institute. The project will provide education, sustainable livelihood and youth employment services to children engaged in or at risk of child labor, and other members of their households. It also will help households and vulnerable children to access social protection programs that are supported by the Royal Government of Cambodia.

Since 1995, the Labor Department has funded 260 projects implemented by more than 65 organizations in 91 countries, which have resulted in the rescue of approximately 1.5 million children from exploitative child labor. ILAB currently oversees more than $210 million of active programming to combat exploitative child labor. More information on the agency's efforts is available at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/.