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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.
YWAM Muizenberg will be offering the Children at Risk School in order to train workers to initiate and maintain projects of working with Children at Risk, their families and 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.
MEET THE SCHOOL LEADERS
Toby Brouwer //
Toby has worked with children at risk for the last 26 years and is passionate about training, mentoring and coaching the next generation. He is the Co-founder of Beautiful Gate and Beautiful Gate International. Beautiful Gate is an organization, which has projects for children at risk in South Africa, Lesotho and Zambia. www.beautifulgate.org Toby is known as Charlie and calls his team Angels!! He Joined YWAM in 1991. Toby is a pioneer and visionary leader. He is passionate about project development and networking. He is involved in coaching and mentoring of leaders in Africa, facilitating resource development, advocating the plight of children and families. Developing organizational capacity in Beautiful Gate organizations and other YWAM ministries in Southern Africa. Toby holds a Masters in Christian Formation and Discipleship with the University of the Nations within Youth With A Mission (YWAM). www.beautifulgateinternational.org
Aukje Brouwer //
She is married to Toby and together they have been in mission for 26 years. Aukje has a passion for teaching and facilitation workshops. She founded together with Toby, Beautiful Gate, an organization reaching out to children at risk. She also founded the Dignity Campaign as she believes that the church is called to continue the dignifying work of Jesus amongst girls and women. A fun fact about Aukje is that she doesn’t like to cook yet she loves to have people over for supper. She completed her DTS in 1991 and a school of Biblical counseling in 1993. She speaks on the Character and nature of God and the Father Heart of God in DTS. www.dignity.org.za