Child labor is a phenomenon closely linked to social and economic impoverishment and therefore children in marginalized and poor communities are the most vulnerable groups exposed to numerous law violations. Up to one million children are even forced to live on the streets, which is a severe threat to their safety, health and thus their future. In accordance to the Convention on the Right of the Child (CRC), NHASD advocates a rights-based approach towards finding solutions to the challenges children face within their community.
Our overall objective is to provide protection to children from acts of exploitation, abuse and violence at the workplace and at home. Aiming at eliminating child laborer from our society, NHASD is devoted towards finding pragmatic solutions that will enable children to live in a safe environment where they can fully develop their potentials and capacity.
Focusing on child laborers and street children, it is important to have clear definitions. In NHASD’s projects we use the following.
Child Laborers (working children): The work that results in abusing the child and exposing him to work conditions that do not respect his well-being, his educational, social, economical rights and his right to play. Conditions that obstruct him from developing his skills and preserving his dignity. Work that harms the physical, mental, psychological development, and the social conduct and manners of the child. (NCCM, 2006)
1. Children that live in the street, where it is his source of shelter and survival
2. Children that abandoned their families, and live in temporary communities or abandoned buildings or constantly move from one place to another.
3. Children partially living with their families, but spend most of the daytime and some nights on the street for reasons related to poverty, or insufficient space within their home, or being abused physically or sexually within the family.
4. Children in service provision associations coming from street life, and at risk of returning to it.
Project activities are cross cutting and tackle the challenges of children at risk not only from an economic perspective, but also a social and educational one. These perspectives are complemented by a focus on the health conditions of the children.