Futuros Brillantes: Project to Reduce Child Labor and Improve Labor Rights and Working Conditions in Honduras

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Project Duration: September 2014 - September 2019

Fiscal Year & Funding Amount:
FY2014: USD 7,000,000FY2017: USD 1,750,000

The Problem

In Honduras more than 370,000 children are economically active and families often lack adequate educational and livelihood opportunities. Capacity building of the Ministry of Labor’s is needed to identify and use all available tools to help ensure remediation of labor law violations related to freedom of association, the rights to organize and bargain collectively.

Our Strategy

The first objective is to reduce child labor and improve labor rights in Honduras, particularly in agricultural areas of southern Honduras and in the San Pedro Sula area. The second objective is to work with the Honduran Government, industry, and other stakeholders to build the STSS’ capacity to identify and use all available tools to help ensure remediation of labor law violations related to freedom of association, the rights to organize and bargain collectively, in the maquiladora sector. 

Intermediate Objectives:

  • Provide formal or non-formal educational or vocational training services to children and youth
  • Provide households economic strengthening services;
  • Establishment of Workers’ Rights Centers
  • Train and build the capacity of Honduran Labor Inspectors to enhance their ability to identify, document violations, and use all available tools to help remediate violations of the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.

Summary of Activities:

  • Build inspector capacity to identify and detect labor law violations, in particular child labor and other violations of labor rights
  • Specialized training on freedom of association, organizing and collective bargaining
  • Specialized training program on child labor and targeted inspections on child labor
  • Awareness raising campaigns
  • Establishment of youth banks
  • Link adults to alternate formal education system or with the government’s adult and child literacy program

Targets:

Futuro Brillantes, a four-year project will reduce child labor and improve labor rights in Honduras, particularly in Valle, Choluteca,  Intibucá, Atlántida, La Paz, and in the  the San Pedro Sula (SPS) area. It will work with the Honduran Government, industry, and other stakeholders to build the Ministry of Labor’s capacity to help ensure remediation of labor law violations related to freedom of association and the right to organize and bargain collectively.  It will target 5,850 children and youth as well as 1,787 households.

Results

As of March 31, 2017, the project has provided education services to 2,672 children, and livelihood services to 1,171 households vulnerable to child labor.

Grantee: World Vision


Implementing Partners:
CASM and Caritas


Contact Information: (202) 693-4843 / Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT)


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