traveling or working in developing countries, many are shocked by the
situation of children living and working on the streets.
or buying goods directly from children is usually the only response that
comes to mind. But giving money to the children will maintain the children
on the streets, working and begging and it also reinforces their vulnerability
to all forms of abuse, including sexual abuse.
Certified Products offers an effective alternative to giving money directly
of ChildSafe Certified Products exist: They are made by parents so children
can go to school, or they are made by youth in training so they can find
sustainable, rewarding employment. All ChildSafe Certified Products help
to provide a future away from the streets for children and youth and they
prohibit the involvement of child labor.
ChildSafe Certified Products were only made in Friends-International projects.
The certification is now also available for products from other organizations
after their standards have been assessed carefully.
paper bead bracelet is made from tightly rolled strips of recycled magazine
pages. Women in Cambodia sell these paper bracelets to bring much needed
income into their families. The women use the earnings to send their children
to school and provide for more nutritious meals for their families.
Strung on an
elastic band, the bracelet fits small and medium wrist sizes.
Meet the Artisans
MADE BY PARENTS SO CHILDREN CAN GO BACK TO SCHOOL
Production project supports parents of former street children (or children
at risk) to increase their income by producing products which are bought
and sold by Friends-International and ChildSafe partners.
How are parents
identified by the ChildSafe teams when working with children on the streets.
An assessment of the family is made and families are selected
.How is it
ensured that kids go to school?
a contract with ChildSafe partners and Friends-International to be part
of the homebased production project: the contract states clearly that
children have to go to school and a regular follow-up of the children’s
schooling is administered by the teams.
What kind of
training do parents receive?
trained to make products and fully equipped. Parents can build on skills
they already have (sewing for example) or learn new skills. Basic business
training is also provided to involve the parents at all stages of the
production process, including sourcing material and identifying suppliers,
calculating their own labor and prime costs, pricing and sales. Training
takes place at the parents’ houses. In addition, courses are offered
in the workshop Friends@240, a business that sells ChildSafe Certified
Products as well.
Trade means that artisans are paid a fair price in advance for their products
and work in safe working conditions. It provides the framework for empowering
the disadvantaged of the world to make a fair living and provide for themselves
and their families.
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cost for this item is $3.75 (which includes tracking in the
U.S.), in Canada and Internationally, $7.50.
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items only won within 5 days of original sale.
will be honored only if item is returned in original condition. The
refund price excludes all shipping costs.
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