Labor Dept. Awards $4.5 Million to Combat Child Labor in Côte d’Ivoire
The Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs announced recently a $4.5 million award to the International Cocoa Initiative to fight child labor in Côte d’Ivoire. The project will assist 50 cocoa-growing communities in that country to design and implement community action plans to address child labor at the community level. It will directly support the protection of at least 5,450 vulnerable children engaged in or at risk of child labor by providing them formal and non-formal educational opportunities and increasing access to school feeding programs. The project will also provide livelihood services to 1,500 vulnerable households in these communities.