'Somos Tesoro' initiative launched in Colombia

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'Somos Tesoro' initiative launched in Colombia

Mining family outside their home in Boyacá, Colombia.

This week, Pact launched a $9 million initiative to fight child labor in mines in Colombia. With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and the support three local partners, “Somos Tesoro” Spanish for “We are Treasure” — plans to benefit more than 5,000 children, workers and their families in mining areas in the regions of Boyacá and Antioquia.

The project focuses on:

  • Helping children stay in school.
  • Generating economic stability in families to avoid resorting to children as a source of income.
  • Implementing labor, health and safety standards in mines to protect adults and their families.
  • Strengthening public policies aimed at protecting children and the formalizing small-scale mining.

Somos Tesoro aims to reduce the number of children associated with mining in Colombia, while protecting children who may be exposed to situations that could affect their health or safety.




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