June 12, 2015

World Day Against Child Labor : Asia

OVERVIEW OF PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL INC., PROJECTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NGOS TO PROVIDE ACCESS TO EDUCATION IN TOBACCO-GROWING COMMUNITIES

 

In India, PMI has been partnering with local NGO, ASSIST , since 2011 to promote access to quality education for children in tobacco-farming communities as part of efforts to help eliminate child labor. The ASSIST program has three main focus areas, which include:

  • Spreading awareness of the importance of childhood education to help eradicate child labor;
  • Improving infrastructure, sanitation facilities and access to safe drinking water in schools; and
  • Providing extra-curricular activities to keep children out of tobacco fields during the harvest period.

In 2014, ASSIST helped provide schooling for 4,152 children from 15 burley tobacco-growing villages in the Vinukonda region.    

In the Philippines, PMI has been working with local NGO, the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation  since 2008 to help tackle child labor and improve living conditions in tobacco-growing communities.  An integral part of the program has been the focus on quality education for school-aged children. The Foundation carries out campaigns to raise parental awareness of child labor and the need to eliminate it, offers support in the form of school repairs and supplies for children (namely, stationary and school meals), provides a summer camp program during tobacco harvest months when children are most at risk to child labor, and also implements a livelihood program to assist poor families and increase their household income. Thanks to PMI’s partnership with the Foundation, figures dating from the end of 2014 show that as many as 400,000 students have gained access to education in tobacco-growing areas as a result and more than 15 schools have been built in rural areas. 

 
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