Today is World Day Against Child Labour and Jerry’s brothers and sisters have all been victims of Child Labour. I wrote this post to celebrate Jerry’s progress in school and to acknowledge the more than 2.1 million Filipino kids who are denied a childhood.

Melinda J. Irvine

A very excited Jerry started grade 3 last week, an opportunity denied to most of his brother’s and sisters. This is particularly poignant today on World Day Against Child Labour.

Like the other 2.1 million+ Filipino kids already working, Jerry’s brother’s and sisters are all part of these statistics, and this would have been his fate also.

Child labour is work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. In the Philippines, there are 2.1 million child labourers aged 5-17 years. About 95% of them are in hazardous work.

~ International Labour Organisation

Jerry and his sister. Jerry’s sister visits us.

In April this year,  Jerry’s older sister travelled from Manila back to Estancia to obtain her paperwork from the National High School here. After completing only Grade 7 she was taken out of school and moved to Manila to work…

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