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Program Assists In Removing Children Working In Trash Dumps

April 2, 2001 · 

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UNICEF released a report showing that through its program “Children in the Dump Never Again,” 13,230 children have been removed from working in city trash dumps. The program gives income assistance to the parents of the children so that the children can go to school. The program also helps set up after-school programs to keep the children occupied so that they don’t return to the dumps after their school day ends. When the program began, an estimated 43,320 children worked in the dumps, collecting various materials for recycling. In doing so, they expose themselves to a number of different health risks, ranging from diseases transmitted by rodents to childhood prostitution. The goal of the program is to end all childhood labour in the dumps by the year 2002.

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