End Child Labor
In Pakistan 12 million children out of 40 million between the ages 5-12 are economically active. 1 million of these young boys live on the streets. They Work 14 hours a day and the Main type of work they do is picking up garbage, if they do not make 200 rupees ($2-$3) a day and they are beaten. Every bus driver and man sexually abuses and rapes these boys as young as 6 years old by bribing them with a soft drink when they are without food for days and days at a time. These children are easy access for extremists muslims to use them for suicide blasts after brain washing them.
According to Aziz, who works from the first light of the day to midnight, his employer beats him with a cane every week. “I take home $3 (Approx.300 PKR) a day on average, but the smile on my mother’s face when I see her at night makes up for what I have endured throughout the day, he says.” After his father passed away, 11 years old Aziz’s family was left struggling to pay off loans so he took up work as a brick kiln. “Sometimes more than food and water, I dream of getting my childhood back, I look at other boys playing with cricket bats on the street and I wish I could join them, even if it is just for one day.” (11 Years old Aziz).
Child Labor Index and Ranking:
Pakistan ranked as one of the top 10 countries in the world with the most extreme risk for the abuse of child workers.
The Story of Iqbal Masih:
Iqbal Masih was a Pakistani Christian boy who became a symbol of abusive child labour in the developing world. He was born in 1983 in Muridke, a commercial city outside of Lahore in Punjab, Pakistan. At age four, he was sold into bondage by his family. Iqbal’s family borrowed 600 rupees (less than $6.00) from a local employer who owned a carpet weaving business. In return, Iqbal was required to work as a carpet weaver until the debt was paid off. Every day, he would rise before dawn and make his way along dark country roads to the factory, where he and most of the other children were tightly bound with chains to prevent escape. He would work 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with only a 30-minute break. He paid 3 cents a day for the loan, but the loan continued to increase. Iqbal stood less than 4 feet tall and weighed only 20 kg.
At the age of 10, Iqbal escaped his slavery, after learning that bonded labour was declared illegal by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He was caught by police and brought back to Arshad, who told the police to tie him upside down if he tried to escape again. Iqbal escaped a second time and he attended the Bonded Labour Liberation Front (BLLF) School for former child slaves and quickly completed a four-year education in only two years. Iqbal helped over 3,000 Pakistani children that were in bonded labour to escape to freedom and made speeches about child labour throughout the world. He expressed a desire to become a lawyer to better equip him to free bonded labourers, and he began to visit other countries including Sweden and the United States to share his story, encouraging others to join the fight to eradicate child slavery.
Iqbal was fatally shot in Muridke, Pakistan on 16 April 1995, shortly after returning from a trip to America, by Muhammad Ashraf, a heroin addict muslim. He was 12 years old at the time. His mother said she did not believe her son had been the victim of a plot by the “carpet mafia”.
What about their life, their playing time ? where is our care? Our Humanity?
Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world for a healthy society. Education is important in helping to improve lives, break the cycle of poverty and ensure that all people, particularly women have control over their destiny. In Pakistan only 60% of Pakistani population is literate.
Children between the ages of 5-12 start working in factories where they are abused, sold as slaves, used as suicide bombers, bought by the dozen to be trained by ISIS (Terrorists) to kill Jews, Christians and secular people, and starved.
Our aim is to develop poor children and support them with equal rights to provide education, books, stationary, clothes, and food to these poor Children. We are committed to ensuring that all girls and boys are able to realize their full potential. We want to make High standard in children’s intellectual, personal behavior and spiritual life.
HLF has a heart and mission to rescue every child out of child labor and to connect them with the most loving Heavenly Father and the Caring World.
So they can be healed and restored, know who they are through his eyes, what they carry, and how to release it with in not only there classrooms, peers, and villages but the world. They would know that it doesn’t matter how young they are God can and will use them as the world changers & Global Peacemakers.
“Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. – Psalms 127:3,4
“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. – Matthew 18:10