Past Programs

It is a long road toward eradicating child labor in Latin America, and Partners has been at the helm for over a decade, ensuring that the region’s most vulnerable children and youth receive their fair chance at an education and hope for a better tomorrow. The following programs were funded by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Edúcame Primero Colombia
From 2007 to 2011, we provided children with a safe space to learn and receive academic support, as well as training in life skills and entrepreneurship using Quantum Learning methodology. Edúcame Primero prevented and removed 10,200 Colombian children and youth from the worst forms of child labor in association with CINDE, DevTech Systems, Inc., Mercy Corps and local organizations.

From 2005 to 2009, we withdrew and prevented a total of 3,068 children from exploitive labor conditions by raising awareness of the threat of child labor to national development; offering institutional strengthening and policy development support at the national level; and expanding access to and improving the quality of education for children.

From 2003 to 2007 in rural Brazil, we contributed to the reduction of two of the worst forms of child labor—illicit agriculture and commercial sexual exploitation. EDUCAR removed 10,708 children and adolescents from exploitative labor conditions and enrolled them in the formal educational system.