According to a comprehensive
report by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the International Labour Organization (ILO), there have been 8.4 million more child laborers worldwide in the past four years, reaching 160 million people. In El Salvador, two-thirds of child laborers live in rural areas, mostly as farmers or hired labor, and 55 percent of children come from poor families.
W105-0045-008 Photo Credit: World Vision At the age of 11, Geovanni's small hands are covered with scars from careless use of photo retouching service tools during farming, and his cheeks are also sunburned from long-term farming work, but his eyes are still shining. "When I was 7 years old, I helped my grandfather in the corn field. During the harvest season last year, I started to work in other people's fields. Because my father likes to drink, the family only relies on my mother to sell groceries.
I hope to help the family make money together. With money, my family has food. My mother agreed to my request, as long as I didn’t drop out of school because of work.” On working days, Giovanni got up at 5 in the morning, went out at 5:30, went to work at 6, worked in the fields until 12 noon, and then used the afternoon to go to school. After working half a day in this way, he can earn about $7, and he will take half of his salary to buy food and the other half to pay for tuition.