Spring mini-grants awarded!

Emily Grantees for Spring 2013

The International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL) and the Emily Sandall Foundation (ESF) are pleased to announce Emily grants to be awarded for the spring 2013 round of competition. A total of 14 grantees were selected from all regions of the world including projects in Bangladesh, El Salvador, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Uganda, United States (Nebraska) and Zambia. Projects offer a wide array of strategies for ending child labor in targeted communities and address many forms of child labor. Follows is a brief description of the projects and the selected agencies or individuals selected. This brings the total of Emily grants awarded to over 90 since the inception of the grant program in 2004. To learn more about the Emily grants and past awards, visit IIECL’s website at www.endchildlabor.org.



Applicant: James Kofi Annan and NGO Challenging Heights

To support Challenging Heights, an NGO formed by James Kofi Annan, to rescue and prevent child slavery in ten fishing villages surrounding Lake Volta in Ghana. James Kofi Annan is a former child slave who was sold into slavery at age 7 and escaped. He self-educated himself and gave up a promising career working in the banking industry with Barclay Bank in New York to form Challenging Heights to rescue and provide education services to children enslaved in the fishing sector. He is the primary subject of the Steven Keen film, “Fisher of Kids.”

Emily Impression: Emily would be so impressed by James’ story and his mission. He shares the same passion that she had for ending child labor.


Applicant: Youth Aids and Unemployment

Proposes to work in the Mukuru kwa Njenga community to create a “child labor free” zone. The project will address the 33 business owners/operators of video stores where children are being engaged and drawn into sexual exploitation. Sensitization and follow-up work will be done to eliminate children’s engagement in these operations and engaging business owners/operators to work with the program to protect youth and eliminate child prostitution in the Njenga community.

Emily impressions: Emily would feel it very important to protect these children and to give them a better future.


Applicant: LUSA (Let Us Stay Alive) Program, Mme. Clarisse Maria Nyarabahire

To support a women-led organization to conduct education and provide services to end violence among girls and boys in the Congolese Kigeme Refugee Camps.

Emily Impression: Emily worked hard in the shelters in Mexico to teach education and sports to replace the violence in the kids’ lives. She would strongly support this project.


Applicant: Beacon of Hope Uganda (BoHG)

To support work in the Mukono District providing non-formal education services through the Hope for Children’s Village School for out-of-school children during the summer months (July and August). The education services will be provided by experienced teachers and psychosocial counselors with the objective to motivate the children and enroll them back into school. T-shirts and educational materials will be provided to target 450 children. During the After-Campaign part of the project and supported by the government, skill-oriented training will be provided for older children, such as painting, book binding, screen-printing, greeting card making, etc.

Emily Impression: Emily worked hard with children in Mexico, Nepal and the USA to motivate them through creative and active curriculums to keep them in school. She would really like this project.

Applicant: Deaf and Concerned Youth Integrated Forum

Applicant proposes to target services in Gulu (a child soldiers’ area) and the development of a 15 minute short documentary video that examines the exploitation of children. The short video (proposal includes proposed script) will be used to promote discussion at the child labor rehabilitation center and working with communities members in Gulu District (10 villages) to promote the return of children to education.

Emily impression: Emily felt that video and pictures could be very powerful tools in teaching the world about child labor and making strides to prevent it. She would feel that this was a very important project.

Applicant: Twekembe Association Center for Rural Systems and Development (T.A. CRUSADE)

Proposes to target girls and withdraw a total of 50 girls from child domestic labor in Nabbaale, provide them with psychosocial support and multi-faceted training. The training includes vocational and technical training, functional adult literacy, apprenticeship and essential micro-entrepreneurial skills. Following the micro-entrepreneurial skills training, the girls will be referred to the Partner Micro-finance Service Provides for low interest start-up loans.

Emily impression: Emily believed strongly in empowering girls through education and skills to improve their futures. This project would be dear to her heart.


Applicant: Chipata Youth Outreach

To support training of youth promoters to work with other youth at risk of child labor. This includes the provision of educational learning materials and needed supplies for out of school youth to return to school and leave child labor.

Emily impressions: Emily would really love the idea of youth mentoring youth and making a better future through education.

Asia / Near East


Applicant: SHELTER Applicant proposes to provide education with women and girls through the SHELTER training center to prevent child trafficking and promote self-sufficiency with small nursery wood and plant projects. SHELTER works with communities living within the world’s largest mangrove forest in Bangladesh.

Emily impression: Emily worked on an organic farm in the summers in Dixon, Montana. She would love that this was a project with women and girls that teaches self-sufficiency with plant projects.


Applicant: Rural People Development Society (RPDS)

To support the establishment of an income generating project with 30 mothers of child laborers or with children at risk of entering child labor through the raising of poultry. The results of this project will assist mothers with not only having eggs for food for their families, but also raising and selling eggs and hatchlings to generate income to pay for school fees and uniforms for their children. This one-time funding provides seed funding for the project startup, which is intended as a sustainable activity.

Emily impression: Emily would really like this project since it empowers the mothers to generate income and releases their children from child labor.


Applicant: Public Welfare Foundation

To provide basic literacy education to illiterate children working in the brick kilns by establishing Literacy Centers located at four brick kilns establishments situated in Narowal and its surrounding areas.

Emily impressions: Emily had taken child labor photos at the brick kilns and would love a project to establish literacy.

Applicant: Umair Fazal (Music Artist and University Student of Sociology and Social Work)

To support the development of a music video about child labor, including rag picking, domestic servitude and children working in the streets and brick kilns of Pakistan. The song will be written and sung using traditional Pakistani music and instruments. The video will include photos of children in the types of child labor portrayed within the song. Further, the song will be promoted and aired on local radio and other media outlets.

Emily impressions: Emily believed strongly in the power of photos and video to get across an important message.She would really like this to be used as a tool to prevent child labor.

Europe / Eurasia


Special Grant to IIECL for “Fisher of Kids” Short Film-related Costs

To support costs incurred by IIECL to support film editing to include IIECL and the Emily Sandall Foundation names in the short introduction and film credits, to cover costs associated with the conversion of the short film into a DVD format usable in the US, and for costs associated with the US premiere of the short film, “Fishers of Kids.”

Emily impressions: Emily would feel that this film was a very poignant way to get the message across of this exploitive form of child labor.

Latin America


Applicant: Co-Partners of Campesinas

To reduce the number of out-of-school children working as peddlers in the Chichicastenango market and to increase the number who enroll or re-enroll in school. The approach will be to train the Women’s Network of Co-Partners’ partner organization ASDECO in combating child labor and advocating for education. Eighteen (18) women leaders will be trained and scholarships will be offered for children withdrawn from peddling.

Emily impressions: Emily would feel strongly about educating these children and returning them to schools from a life of child labor. She had developed curriculums to work with children like these.

El Salvador

Applicant: Co-Partners of Campesinas (prior Emily grantee, proposes to build upon prior program)

Applicant proposes to conduct leadership training for adult women, adolescents/young adults and an enrichment program for children 9that enables more women and youth to attend the leadership training). The training includes advocacy training for women, peer educator training for youth and young adults and enrichment program for children. Eighty (80) women, youth and children) will be provided training, education and enrichment assistance.

Emily impressions: Emily felt strongly about empowering women and children with education and leadership to improve their futures.She would like it that we are continuing a partnership with them from a previous grant.

North America


Applicant: International-American Solidarity in Bigheartedness Work (IASBW)

To support this newly formed NGO to undertake actions to promote human rights, particularly child rights worldwide, with an eye on the status of women and children in the developing world. Their focus is on women and children living on the streets. Their interest is to support income-generating activities and teach in order to improve living conditions, rights to education, fight against exploitation and violence against children, improve the training of those working with children and vulnerable people, promote the sharing of experiences and strategies among American educators and their counterparts in impoverished countries, and to sponsor schools for underprivileged children.

Emily impressions: Emily would especially love this project since it addresses street children. She had worked with street children around the world and developed educational curriculum to improve their future.

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