In some developing countries, the lack of potable water brings to children the burden of joining family members to fetch water for household use. And when climate change affects crop yield, parents resort to engaging children to support on the farms as additional labour to boost output. The timing for these activities frequently coincide with school hours such that children lose hundreds of hours of education every year through absenteeism.
Having such tasks on children has been identified by the International Community as Child Labour – work that is inappropriate for a child’s age, affects children’s education, or is likely to harm their health, safety or morals. Worldwide, 98 million boys and girls between 5 and 17 years suffer this fate within the water and agriculture sector such that it perpetuates a cycle of poverty for the children concerned; much work means little time to rest and get valuable education that lays the foundation for emergence in different sectors of the economy.
Apart from this, when households cannot afford basic drinking water alongside sufficient and nutritious food either through lack of income or poor crop yield, children suffer the most from associated diseases. Waterclan is part of the global action to lift children out of the poverty cycle, support them in basic education and bring them the necessary conditions for a healthy life. We do this by empowering communities with resources that secure economic growth without bringing child labour into the value chain.
And when climate change affects crop yield, parents resort to engaging children to support on the farms as additional labour to boost output.