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There are many ways to support the children in this film and work for their liberation. Child labor is the result of the failure of many systems, whether they are political, economic, cultural or religious in nature. Each system can be impacted by concerned citizens and consumers. Just a few of the many ways are listed here.

Learn more about organizations working to combat child labor. Pick one, and support their work:

Visit:
International Labor Rights Fund
Unicef
International Labour Organization
Child Labor Coalition
Child Rights Information Network
International Initiative to End Child Labor

Learn more about organizations featured in the film.

Visit:
Casa Alianza
African Network for the Prevention and Protection Against Child Abuse and Neglect
Undugu Society of Kenya
Bachpan Bachao Andolan - South Asian Coalition on Child Servitude (SACCS)
Global March
Olodum
Solidarity Center

Learn more about child labor in the agricultural sector in the United States:

Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs
Fields of Hope

As a consumer, you have power to effect change. Learn more about where products come from and how they are produced.

Visit:

Fair Labor Association
Co-op America
Co-op America's Ending Sweatshops Program
Global Exchange
Clean Clothes Campaign
Responsible Shopper
The Crafts Center at CHF International
National Consumers League

Buy organic vegetables and tobacco.
Buy certified fair-trade, organic coffee (look for the label on the pack)

Visit:

Fair Trade Federation
Dean's Beans
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters

Buy only "Certified Child Labor Free" labeled rugs.

Visit:

Rugmark


Get kids involved.

Visit:

Scholastic News on Child Labor
Broadmeadow Middle School Campaign (Kids Campaign Against Child Labor)

Write to:
Senators and Congressmen. Show support for work in child labor and let them know child labor still exists in US agricultural fields with migrant children.

Write to:
Companies that buy products produced by child labor. Ask what they are doing to solve the problem. Suggest setting up schools or educational programs to help these children. Let them know you will not buy their products until something is done.

Write to:
International lending institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, whose policies negatively affect children.
Ask them to support educational and health programs for children and to protect working conditions for adult workers, so that children can go to school.
Support international assistance programs that strengthen education in poor countries and that combat AIDS.
Give aid to support the building and equipping of schools.

Posted by galenfilms at February 11, 2005 11:10 AM