I’ve been doing a bit of research on child labour in Nepal today. The stats are pretty heartbreaking. Here are some numbers I’ve come across so far:
-Around 1.6 million children between 5-17 years are in child labour (International Labour Organisation, 2016).
-Nepal lacks legal structures to protect children from hazardous work and to make education compulsory. Because of this children are found to be working in brick making, textiles, stone production as well as sexual exploitation (US Department of Labor, 2015).
-The numbers vary with brick making, but anywhere from 28,000 to 60,000 children are used in the factories. In the Kathmandu district, most of the 62 brick kilns are found to be using child labour to build bricks (The Guardian, 2016; The Himalayan Times, 2016).
This just reinforces the need for what Naresh and Jessi are doing with the brick factories in Kathmandu. If you would like to support the work, and CN in general, please visit here www.compassionnepal.com