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Numerous African children living in extreme poverty are at high risk of being exploited and trafficked for labor. A child accidentally slices his hand open with a machete while opening cocoa pods on a plantation in Ghana. A young teenage girl, trafficked for the sex industry, walks the beaches of Mombasa in Kenya looking for business. A young boy squats naked in a mineshaft in Burkina Faso, chipping ore and loading it into buckets all day long. A child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo carries an automatic weapon he was forced to use to kill villagers he knew. A is child being traumatised by one of the many attacks of Boko Haram Islamist in Nigeria.
The words of a young child in South Africa, originally written as a poem in the Xhosa language, read:
How can I live in this world?
Oh, what can I do?
It is so dark ahead of me.
Mother and father do not want us.
They sell us to thugs.
Every day, millions of children in Africa are at risk of being exploited, resulting in slave-like working conditions. Young girls in Africa are at high risk of being exploited for the sex industry or used as domestic workers. They often become pregnant.
“Forced labor robs children of a childhood, which in turn negatively affects their ability to be constructive members of their communities for the rest of their lives,” “Forced child labor deals a mental blow to the individual child, taking away his ability to dream about a future outside of his present status.”
According to the International Labour Organization, an agency of the United Nations, Africa has the world’s largest child labor population, with the agriculture and mining sectors among the worst offenders. Experts cite poverty as the primary reason for forced child labor in Africa.
The problem is severe in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than 40 percent of all children ages 5 to 14, about 48 million children, work for survival, according to the ILO. Child trafficking for the purpose of labor is common throughout Africa, where family members often exchange children for money, goods or gifts.
“Children forced to work before they reach a reasonable age limits their future capabilities by taking away their right to a basic education, which could be the springboard out of poverty. “Child labor perpetuates the poverty cycle by keeping the child in a low income, subsistence-only status all their lives.”
In expanding economies, the demand for labor increases. Unable to cope with high production quotas, industries turn to exploitative child labor, the UN reports.
Millions of children in Africa are employed with low or no wages, poor living conditions, hazardous work environments, no healthcare and little to no education opportunities. “Children and teenagers enter the risk of being used as cheap labor,” a UN report states. “Most of these children are vulnerable due to poverty. They are unaware of their rights, overworked, and can’t resist.”
The report notes children employed with low or no wages, poor living conditions, hazardous work environments, no healthcare and little to no education opportunities.
Would you like to be one of those used by God to reach out to children at risk and help in restoring their dignity and transforming their individual lives, families and their communities?
CAR Children at Risk School
This school is for Christians who are passionate about reaching out to children at risk, like street children, kids from broken families, children with HIV/AIDS, and many other categories of children at risk. The information and methods are developed in such a way that students can put them into practice straight away during the lecture phase of 3 months. This is then followed by an optional one-year internship.
Where? Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa
Who can participate? YWAM staff or people who have completed a discipleship training school (DTS). In addition to this people who sense a calling on their lives to come alongside children, families and communities at risk or those who already work with children in churches or with community projects. .
A 3 or 6 months internship is optional with YWAM or any other Christian ministry of or organisation of their choice who work with children at risk.
Biblical understanding of the value of children and teenagers
Categories of Children at Risk
Father Heart of God
Counseling and inner healing
Community Development and Worldview
Ministry models and Project planning
Health Care issues
Working with well balanced leadership and teams
Psychology and studies of personalities
Biblical Foundation in Education.
Cat B: R300
Cat C: R250
Note: The fee include accommodation, food, transport during lecture phase, events, and school materials. Airport pickup fee of R 200 is excluded.
Come and make a difference and do this exciting Children at Risk School!
Or email the School leader directly: Toby Brouwer email@example.com