STEP is a child protection charity committed to working alongside young people and their families in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
Child labour gives individuals no opportunity to break out of exploitative labour.
Providing safe places to rest and protection services for working children.
Seeking to strengthen local education authorities in their ability to assist children.
STEP has been lobbying the local authorities to establish Child Protection Policies.
Raising the awareness and skills of those working with children helps to protect the more vulnerable.
STEP has mobile teams seeking to provide for differing needs as they are identified.
Poverty forces many children to drop-out of school to work, which increases their vulnerability and decreases future opportunities.
STEP assists such disadvantaged children, seeks to strengthen local education authorities in their ability to assist the children, provides safe places for the children to rest and provides child protection services for working children.
Poverty reduction must begin with the protection and realisation of the human rights of children. Investments in children are the best guarantee for achieving equitable and sustainable human development.
Many children work 10-14 hours a day and have no time or energy for education. Depriving children of education ensures that the cycle of poverty and exploitation continues. Whilst illiteracy and lack of education is a leading factor causing and exacerbating poverty, child labour gives individuals no opportunity to break out of exploitative labour.
Child labour can not be tackled in isolation. The children who work form a key part to their families economic survival. Therefore, the project has widened its focus from not just the children's immediate situation but to the needs of their families, who are also vulnerable.