by Khadijah, The Calhoun School, Class of 2020
Child labour is considered any form of work that deprives a child of a childhood, inhibts them from attending school, and is harmful, be it mentally, physically, or emotionally. Despite this, 200 million children are forced into child labour. 75 million work in conditions that could potentially kill them. Each year, 22,000 of them die each year; that’s roughly 66 children each day. Many children are often exploited through child labour because they need to make money to help support their families. Companies will often use children as they are easier to handle and won’t demand as much money. Children as young as 6 years old work up to 110 hours a week and only make $2 per day.
In spite of working so hard everyday, there still isn’t enough money to go around. 30,000 children will die each day from starvation or lack of medical care. Yet the world is silent as these children drown in their own blood, sweat, and tears. It’s time to make a change. Donate to organizations like Amaana Hands to give a child a second chance at life. Through Amaana Hands, families in need have gotten medical care, meals, home repairs, and educational funds. You can be the reason a child has a different life, a better life. Take the step to make change. Empower yourself, empower others, empower change.