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August 27, 2019

Volunteer with SPARC to promote children’s rights in Pakistan

type: NGO, Volunteering
by: Yair Oded

Across Pakistan, authorities fail to protect the rights of children and ensure their basic well-being. Among the most pressing human rights violations concerning children in the country is their subjugation to forced labour in the coal mines, brick kilns, and sweatshops. There, children are forced to work in subhuman and life-threatening conditions for meager pay.

Laws prohibiting the labour of children below the age of 14 are not enforced in Pakistan, and thus far there has been insufficient effort made to pressure political and economic elites to crack down on this tragic phenomenon.

Strengthening organisations working on the ground to protect and lobby on behalf of the rights of children is therefore extremely important.

Founded in 1992, SPARC is a non-governmental organisation working to defend and advocate for the rights of children in Pakistan in a wide range of fields - from promoting education to campaigning against child marriage and loabour, and protecting orphaned and street children.

SPARC run several projects through which they work directly with children as well as conduct trainings and workshops for policy makers, police officers, educators, etc. in order to raise their awareness and better implement child rights policies. 

The organisation also runs a network of care centers for street children in several locations around the country.

Please visit their website to learn about ongoing volunteer opportunities with SPARC.

Image credit: Pakistan Christian Post.