ILAB News Release: [11/27/2012]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Laura McGinnis
Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x4653
Release Number: 12-2317-NAT
US Department of Labor awards $6 million to Winrock International to combat child labor in rubber-producing areas of Liberia
WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced a $6 million cooperative agreement award to Winrock International for a project to combat child labor in geographic areas of Liberia that produce rubber.
Under the agreement, Winrock International will partner with local rubber-producing companies Liberian Co./LIBCO and Morris-American Rubber Co.; the General Agriculture and Allied Workers Union of Liberia; and nongovernmental organizations Forum for African Women Educationalists, and African Network for Prevention and Protection Against Child Labor.
The project is designed to support the direct delivery of services to children engaged in or at risk of child labor. It will assist households in Liberian communities where families are largely dependent on smallholder rubber plantations by providing education, livelihood and youth employment services. In addition, the project will promote improved policies to address child labor on company plantations, and enhance the monitoring and enforcement of these policies. Finally, the project will help vulnerable children and their families to access existing social protection programs such as school feeding and direct cash transfer programs that are supported by the government of Liberia.
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/.