I love this time of year when the Red White and Blue is starting to show up in home decor, when summer events pause to recite the pledge of allegiance, and when parades across the nation commemorate the freedoms that we enjoy.
Because we enjoy so many freedoms and blessings, I take great delight in other Foundations that are dedicated to help other Nations rise above poverty and become more educated. I love to see other companies and individuals give back, which is why I’m taking part in helping to raise awareness about child labor in India. I’m a busy mom and oftentimes feel like I don’t have a whole lot to contribute when it comes to changing the world. However, in the age that we now live, we can do a lot to change the world just through social media shares. My day is too short to travel the world and feed the poor all before I feed my own family, but one thing I can do to change the world is to choose to share things that matter. If you’d also like to help the IKEA Foundation Child Labor initiative & raise awareness, consider sharing this video or Infographic:
The IKEA Foundation focuses on four fundamental areas of a child’s life in their approach: a place to call home, a healthy start in life, a quality education, and sustainable family income. Their current program benefits approximately 100 million children.
From IKEA Foundation’s CEO:
“We know there is no quick-fix solution to ending child labor, but long-term approaches can yield impressive results. The IKEA Foundation, with IKEA Foundation Partners, has been tackling this issue in India for nearly a decade. This new phase reinforces our long-term commitment and our desire to help millions more children out of child labor and back into the classroom”
So far, IKEA Foundation has had many successes: more than 10,000 children have moved back into their home communities, school enrollment rates have improved with the training of nearly 2,000 teachers, & 1,866 Anganwadi (health, education) leaders have been trained, giving each village a trained community worker.
I am so grateful for the education I have received here in America. I’m a firm believer in hard work (I’ve worked various jobs since I was a teen), but nothing replaces the blessing of an education!
Follow the IKEA Foundation Facebook page and help raise awareness so that more children can go to school regularly and have a better chance at a sustainable family income.