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Contacts

Patricia Henao Saavedra

project director
phenao@pactworld.org

Diana Muratova

program officer
dmuratova@pactworld.org

Somos Tesoro

Country: Colombia
Funder: U.S. Department of Labor

Somos Tesoro—We are Treasure, in Spanish—is working with the Colombian government to reduce child labor and improve health and safety in artisanal and small-scale mines through an integrated approach, addressing the many factors that lead to child labor, including economic instability, challenges in implementing public policies favoring child protection, limited public commitment to the eradication of child labor, and a lack of quality education in rural mining areas. The project focuses on two geographic areas where families rely on mining for their livelihoods: the coal mining communities of Boyacá and the gold mining communities of Antioquia. In addition to benefitting children and families vulnerable to child labor, the program is helping adult miners, teachers, educational institutions and local government. Somos Tesoro is working to strengthen schools, promote greater economic stability in mining families, apply labor and mining health and safety standards, strengthen child protection policies and formalize artisanal mining in the two mining regions.