Protecting the Working Conditions of People/ Proteje Kondisyon Travay Moun (PWOKONTRAM)
Children in Haiti engage in the worst forms of child labor, including dangerous tasks in agriculture. There are an estimated 816,000 children and adolescents engaged in child labor, 34% of all 5 to 14 year olds. Children work in agriculture, including in the production of bananas, beans, corn, peanuts, peas, rice, cassava, sugarcane and yams, where they may be exposed to pesticides, sharp tools, harsh conditions, and long hours. Due to the lack of educational and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable families, many children perform street work or become domestic workers in third party homes. Haitian children are also trafficked to the Dominican Republic to work in domestic service, begging rings and prostitution.
This project’s goal is to benefit children, households and workers by reducing child labor and improving labor rights and working conditions. Households engaged-in or at-risk of child labor and exploitive working conditions are enabled to attain sustainable livelihoods. The project is working towards these goals by supporting targeted households with an integrated set of child protection and labor services and by supporting government, private sector, and civil society to improve the protection of children and workers.
Using an area-based approach, the project will target children, households and workers engaged in or at-risk of child labor or other exploitative working conditions in agriculture. The project will implement activities in the North and North East departments, and in areas along the Haitian border with the Dominican Republic, which include the North East, Center, West, and South East departments.
The project will reach 7,560 children and adolescents with educational services; 3,780 households with livelihood services; 2,500 children, adolescents, youth and adults with legal assistance on child labor, labor rights, and identity documentation issues; and 10,000 adults with awareness-raising on child labor, other labor rights issues, and the right to education.