In developing countries one in six children from 5 to 14 years old is involved in child labor.
In the least developed countries, 30 percent of all children are engaged in child labor.
Worldwide, 126 million children work in hazardous conditions, often enduring beatings, humiliation and sexual violence by their employers.
The highest proportion of child laborers is in sub-Saharan Africa, where 26 percent of children (49 million) are involved in work.
An estimated 1.2 million children — both boys and girls — are trafficked each year into exploitative work in agriculture, mining, factories, armed conflict or commercial sex work.
“Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together, and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.” – Grace Abbott
ImagineAsia’s Storybook Project for Afghan Children
The mission of ImagineAsia, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is to work in partnership with local community leaders and regional NGO’s to help students in Afghan communities receive fundamental educational materials and resources.
IA has started to translate Aesop’s fables into Dari for the children of Afghanistan who have never had a book of their own. Translated and illustrated by volunteers, these stories will reach families in remote areas of the country.
For thousands of years the fables have revealed universal truths through simple allegories. The stories often use animals to teach lessons that are easily understood by people of all ages.
Here are some sample pages:
The Lion and the Mouse – illustrated by Jason Melcher
The Boy Who Cried Wolf – illustrated by Kate Raines
Pitcher and the Crow – illustrated by Lois Andersen
An Afghan Folktale – The Silver on the Hearth – illustrated by Kate Harrold
Tortoise and Hare – illustrated by Kate Harrold
The Sun and the Wind – illustrated by Annie Zimmerman
The Fox and the Goat – illustrated by Jason Melcher