Help combat child labor in Cameroon

April 11th, 2007 by bobebill

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde would like your help fighting child labor in Africa. The Embassy is sponsoring the second annual Child Labor Day Fashion Show in conjunction with World Child Labor Day. We are asking for your help in the form of fabric and notions, such as thread, zippers, velcro, snaps, and buttons, etc. that can be used by rescued children to fabricate fashions for this event. In order to make this happen, we need to receive your donations as soon as possible. Thanks.

Send your donations to:

Nancy Roth

2520 Yaounde Place

Dulles, VA 20189-2520

Here is some background information on the event:

U.S. Embassy Creates Awareness Against Child Labor with an Exhibit and a Fashion Show

http://yaounde.usembassy.gov/child_labor_day_event.html

The U.S. Embassy in Yaounde is partnering with the International Labor Organization and Cameroonian non-governmental organizations to combat child labor. The trade fair and fashion show extravaganza takes place at the Embassy on June 13, 2007, in partnership with NGOs to inform the public on the issue of child labor in Cameroon. The models are previous victims of child labor, wearing their own hand-tailored garments as proof of the benefits of vocational training. The idea behind the fashion show and arts-and-crafts fair was to allow these children, rescued from child labor or child trafficking, to show us what they are capable of doing and to prove to us that their talents are better served in school or in vocational training rather than in cocoa fields, rubber plantations or domestic servitude.” Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Jendayi E. Frazer has declared that “the United States is determined to end this modern form of slavery. We have a particular duty to fight this scourge because trafficking in persons and child labor is an affront to the principles of human dignity and liberty, upon which this nation was founded … A solution to a problem begins with awareness.”

More information on Child Labor:

International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC)

http://www.ilo.org/public/english/standards/ipec/index.htm

We appreciate your taking part in this effort!