Juntos Construyendo Futuro (Building Future Together) works with communities in mining rural areas of two municipalities in Colombia to reduce child labor and improve the living standards and future opportunities of children and youth by developing programs to help them stay in school, engage in sports and recreational activities and, ultimately, empowering them.
In Colombia around 9,2% of children work. In AmagAA and AngelAApolis, two rural municipalities of Colombia, the percentage of working children between 7 and 14 years old rises up to 24% (1 out of 4 children works). Most of this children work in coal mines, a labor classified as dangerous by the International Labor Organization (ILO). Child workers donAaat have access to a proper education, health, sports or cultural activities denying them the possibility to have a proper growth and development.
CorporaciAAn Juntos Construyendo Futuro fights child labor in mining rural areas trough support and follow-up programs generating alternative spaces for children such as school support programs, sports and cultural activities and empowering youth trough training for work programs and leadership workshops. They also work with the family, teachers and community leaders to create awareness about the importance of providing education and a safe environment for children development.
This project works for the improvement of the living conditions of 311 children and youth benefiting 100 families located in the mining rural area of AmagAA and AngelAApolis in Colombia. By increasing permanence of the children in the school system and giving youth occupational training Juntos Construyendo Futuro is broadening the opportunities of children and youth to escape the poverty cycle and improve their quality of life and the quality of life of those who surround them.