Trading Plastic Bottles for a Brighter Future

Asha didn't spend her days laughing and playing like the other girls. Instead, she could be found outside rummaging in the trash heaps looking for discarded plastic. Day after day, she toiled under the weight of the trash bag slung across her back. A plastic bottle here. A plastic jug there. Her work was smelly and miserable. But Asha had no other choice. With a disabled and bedridden father, this … [Read more...]

Speak up on behalf of 150 million child laborers

One hundred fifty million children—150,000,000—are estimated to be involved in child labor worldwide.1 That’s nearly half the population of the United States. In Asia and the Pacific, 77.8 million children between the ages of 5 and 17 are engaged in child labor, which is about 1 in every 10 children in that region.2 June 12 is World Day Against Child Labor, where we can especially … [Read more...]