The first Work an hour campaign started in 1998. In the past 11 years, WAH has supported varied projects in different parts of India. It has raised an average of $100,000 every year.
Each year, WAH has catered to a different segment in India and worked towards solving different issues with its projects.
The Indian economy is primarily agrarian. Through the current free market & globalization trends, more than 70% of the country still depends on agriculture and related industries based in the heartlands. While there are fantastic reports of economic growth and tremendous increase in GDP, over 27.5% of the people still live below the poverty line.
The 2008 projects were based in rural parts of the country and focused on innovative ways of strengthening the school systems through better infrastructure, teaching methods, adequate supplies and well trained teachers.
By supporting these 15 projects, WAH presented a unique opportunity where participants' own income from work helped alleviate problems encountered by children in marginalized communities.
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Child labor has reached epidemic numbers in India with statistics varying from 12 million to over 40 million child laborers in the country. According to UNICEF, India has the world's largest number of child laborers under the age of 14. Along with Asha for Education, major international organizations, such as UNICEF, ILO and the World Bank, have recognized that part of the solution to combating child labor around the world lies in strengthening school retention rates.
Millions of children across the world, including children in India, work in hazardous conditions where their physical, mental, emotional and educational well-being is put in jeopardy. Child labor victims are often subject to psychological, physical or verbal abuse; have little or no pay; work excessive hours; work in dangerous environments; and have no access to education. Without education, children almost inevitably grow up to be adults who continue to work for low wages and this perpetuates the cycle of poverty and child labor.
The 2007 projects, focused on strengthening retention rates as a means to combat child labor. By supporting these 11 projects, participants from around the world contributed towards not only educating a child, a village or a community - but also towards ending the ills of child labor.
WAH presented a unique opportunity where participants' own income from work helped alleviate a child from entering the perilous child labor market.
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