Where Can I Find Facts about Child Labor?

Reputable facts about child labor can be found from the following organizations:

  • International Labour Organization
  • United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
  • United Nations
  • Compassion International
  • World Vision
  • GFA World

These organizations provide statistics and strategies for helping children in need worldwide. They are committed to understanding all the underlying issues surrounding child labor so that progress can be made in stopping this global issue. From advocacy to legislation to intervention, many non-governmental organizations are actively addressing and bringing light to the tragedy of children being forced into labor too early.

It’s estimated that 160 million children, ages 5-17, are in difficult and often dangerous work situations daily.[1] In addition, more than one-third of children in labor situations are not in school, which is one of the biggest obstacles to escaping poverty’s grip.[2] Without proper education, children are inequipped to get jobs beyond manual labor, field work or other unskilled jobs.

Parents fighting poverty often have to choose between having enough food or clean water each day or sending their children to school. The extra fees, supplies and sometimes transportation costs can be a significant barrier for families, but GFA helps alleviate this burden through its Child Sponsorship Program. The number one goal of the program is to get and keep kids in school as long as possible, giving them a better chance of having a brighter future.

GFA missionaries are always looking for families who are facing these kinds of difficult decisions. When they see that a family cannot send their children to school, they try to get the children enrolled in the Child Sponsorship Program as quickly as possible. The program does several things at a time for the child and their family.

First, the sponsorship provides key assistance for the family according to what the need is. The family may receive assistance such as help with required school supplies or tutoring the family cannot afford. The child will also get regular nutritious food and free medical check-ups. All of this takes immense pressure and expense off the family.

For just $35 a month, you can sponsor a child through GFA. A kid, who might otherwise be begging on the streets or forced into brick-making or agricultural work, knows they can keep going to school so that someday they can build a better life for themselves and their family. Your gift can be the difference between a child holding a shovel or holding a pencil. Sponsor a child today and help change their future.

Learn more about what is child labor

[1] “World Day Against Child Labour.” United Nations. https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-day-against-child-labour. Accessed October 26, 2022.
[2] “Over one third of children in child labour are out of school.” ILO. https://www.ilo.org/ipec/ChildlabourstatisticsSIMPOC/WCMS_817698/lang–en/index.htm. Accessed October 27, 2022.
* Cover Photo: “Child labor.” UNAMID. https://www.flickr.com/photos/unamid-photo/9172806125. April 19, 2010.