IKEA Foundation helps fight the root causes of child labour in Pakistan
LEIDEN, The Netherlands, Feb. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The IKEA Foundation is
proud to announce that its partnership with Save the Children and
UNICEF has given over 176,000 children direct access to projects aimed
at preventing child labour. By focusing on Pakistan's cotton-growing
areas, the partnership helps fight the root causes of child labour in
Pakistan's cotton industry. By the end of 2017, these projects should
help over 4 million children.
Since 2009, the IKEA Foundation has donated nearly €8 million and has
committed a further €9 million to support innovative projects run by
Save the Children and UNICEF in Pakistan. This is part of the IKEA
Foundation's wider commitment of €60 million to fight the root causes
of child labour and promote children's rights in India and Pakistan,
where many of IKEA's textile products are sourced from.
The IKEA Foundation funds projects that:
provide access to education for children
reach out to families, farmers and local communities to change attitudes
towards child labour
help families find other ways to support themselves economically,
providing a better future for themselves and their children.
Changing children's lives for the better
Because of this partnership, children like Palwasha now have a chance to
get the education they deserve.
Palwasha is a thirteen-year-old girl whose life has been changed by one
of the programmes the IKEA Foundation funds. The oldest of five
siblings, Palwasha and her family used to be wandering beggars living
in extreme squalor in Pakistan. Save the Children used funding from the
IKEA Foundation to develop community organizations and child clubs in
Palwasha's village, which helped convince Palwasha's parents to send
her to school.
According to Palwasha's mother, "I was under the misconception that education would spoil my child,
filling her head with negative ideas. The sessions, however, cleared
that false impression and I now fully encourage her to get an
education. I am grateful to the team for saving my daughter's future."
Elisabeth Dahlin, Save the Children's Secretary General Sweden, said: "The strategic, long-term programs funded by the IKEA Foundation are a
unique example of how different sectors can work together to obtain
lasting and sustainable positive change for children, their families
and whole communities."
Leila Pakkala, Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF
said: "Child labour is too often seen as an economic necessity by parents
living below the poverty line. In Pakistan, IKEA Foundation has joined
UNICEF to prevent child labour through a program in eight of the
largest cotton producing districts that gets children into school and
holistically improves their healthy development and well-being."
Notes to editors
A long-term collaboration for children's rights
IKEA has worked with UNICEF and Save the Children for over a decade. The
two organisations were instrumental in the development of the IKEA
policy against child labour in its supply chain, 'The IKEA Way on Preventing Child Labour Code of Conduct', launched in 2000.
Building on this work, the IKEA Foundation has been funding UNICEF
projects to improve children's education, keep children out of work and
provide a healthy start in life since 2001, and has funded similar Save
the Children projects since 2006.
Since 2000, the IKEA Foundation has committed €60 million to help fight
child labour in India and Pakistan, aiming to prevent children from
working in the cotton, metalware and carpet industries. By 2017 over 16
million children in 25,500 villages across India and Pakistan will have
been reached by IKEA Foundation-funded projects aimed at preventing
child labour in the three industries.
Find out more about our partnership with Save the Children
Read about our partnership with UNICEF
IKEA is a home furnishings company with Swedish origins founded in 1943
by Ingvar Kamprad. The IKEA vision is to 'create a better everyday life
for the many people.' The business idea is to offer a wide range of
well-designed, functional home furnishings at prices so low that as
many people as possible will be able to afford them. IKEA has a total
of 335 stores in 38 countries/territories. Please visit www.ikea.com.
About the IKEA Foundation
The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth
in developing countries by funding holistic, long-term programs that
can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation works with
strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve
large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child's life: a
place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and
sustainable family income. Currently-funded programs benefit an
estimated 100 million children. Learn more at www.ikeafoundation.org.
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