Between 2009 and 2015, around 10 million children in more than 15,000 villages in cotton and cotton-seed growing areas in India and Pakistan will benefit from the programmes supported by the IKEA Foundation and managed by UNICEF and Save the Children. The aim is to create child-friendly communities, where the idea of every child attending and staying in school is fully-embraced and encouraged by society.
Save the Children and IKEA began collaborating in 1994 launching a signature advocacy partnership aimed at bringing transparency to the issues of child labor and safety throughout Southeast Asia. Together they developed the IKEA Code of Conduct outlining rules within their supply chain aimed at more aggressively preventing child labor abuses. In continued cooperation, the IKEA Foundation and Save the Children have worked together to address the root causes of child labor in India and Pakistan and helping to assure children’s needs are met during natural disasters or emergencies.
In 2014, On World Day Against Child Labour, the IKEA Foundation unveiled a Є7 million extension to its successful programme with Save the Children, to protect nearly 800,000 more children living in cotton communities in India. The grant is the second phase of a long-term programme which aims to keep children out of the cotton fields, and get them into classrooms where they can learn, play, grow, develop and be children. The programme, launched in 2009, has already helped over 156,000 children out of child labour and has improved educational opportunities for over 600,000 kids in India. The second phase will take the programme to three new states: Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
|Location||South Asia, India, Pakistan|
|Value||EUR 7 Million|