Faced with the problem of child labour associated with coffee production in western Honduras, we have joined forces with the Association of Coffee Exporters of Honduras and Jacobs Douwe Egberts to construct Child Care and Development Centres.
These centres, located in Intibucá, Copán, Santa Bárbara and soon in El Paraíso, are a viable alternative to prevent child labour among vulnerable boys and girls who are at risk.
Preventing child labour is a multidimensional social problem that requires the participation of many different actors.
The project "Prevention of child labour in the coffee sector" and the technical programme "Prevention of violence" are initiative of World Vision Honduras, which has joined forces with local governments, coffee cooperatives, coffee producers and marketers to develop actions that strengthen the knowledge, abilities and skills of boys and girls who attend the centres.
The project's objectives are to:
- Create capacities in the teaching team of the care centres, so that they can develop these actions with the boys and girls, as part of the educational activities
- Contribute to the tender care, protection and comprehensive development of children who benefit from child care and development centres, through processes that strengthen their knowledge of the coffee industry and its value chain
- Know the different uses of coffee bean derivatives through the use of painting techniques
A coffee-based painting workshop is aimed at children participating in the Child Care and Development Centres, located in Pueblo Nuevo, Florida, Copán and El Ermitaño, Nueva Frontera, Santa Bárbara.
This initiative is expected to strengthen the artistic abilities of 26 boys and girls between the ages of eight and 12 years.
The workshop, named "Painting with coffee, we prevent child labour", had members of different child labour prevention committees and the teachers of the care centres participating, so they can subsequently develop these artistic processes with the rest of the boys and girls who attend the care centres during the coffee harvest season.
Each child participating in the workshop received a kit of materials that contained supplies including pencils, colours, eraser, sharpener, a wooden easel, sheets of watercolour paper, a set of brushes, and canvas.