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Sakriya—Civil Society Action to End Exploitative Child Labor

Country: Nepal

Client(s): US Department of Labor

Service: Capacity Building

Expertise: Child Labor and Trafficking Prevention


The Sakriya project supports Nepalese civil society to better understand and address child labor and promote acceptable conditions of work in the production of brick, embroidery, and carpets. The project does this by seeking to improve the capacity of CSOs to: 

  • identify and document accurate, independent, and objective information on the nature and scope of child labor and violations of acceptable conditions of work;
  • raise awareness for the protection of workers from labor abuses; and
  • implement initiatives to address child labor, forced labor, and violations of acceptable conditions of work.

The Sakriya project is establishing a core leadership of national organizations to build the capacity of a larger network of 15 regional NGOs who have a deep reach into affected communities. In turn, each local NGO can then use their new abilities to organize sub-networks of community-based organizations who bring local knowledge, language, and relationships with critical stakeholders, including community members, local authorities, and business owners to reach even the most hidden victims of child and forced labor. The lead organizations also collect data about child labor and forced labor in the brick, embroidery, and carpet weaving sectors – using this information to empower Nepalese civil society to advocate more effectively for programs and policies to prevent exploitation and protect workers. 

Funding is provided by the United States Department of Labor under cooperative agreement number IL-32527-18-75-K.  One hundred percentage of the total costs of the project is financed with federal funds, for a total of two million six hundred thousand dollars. The project works across three child labor sectors in 30 municipalities and three provinces, with eighteen partners.