In Bangladesh, many garment workers are extremely poor women who are single mothers. They have usually migrated from rural areas looking for work and opportunities for themselves and their children. With high demand for cheap labour in the garment industry, many of these women work sewing clothes in factories.
They earn very little, and can’t afford to provide care for their children while they are at work. Often without any networks having left their families behind, this sees very young children left alone where they are at risk of accidents and exploitation, and older children working on the streets, often in illegal or dangerous jobs like drug trafficking, to bring in extra money to support the family.
To stop this, TRAID is funding Childhope and local partner Nagorik Uddyog to set up day centres to provide care, education and nutritious food for the most at risk children.
This film provides a snapshot of one of the day centres we have set up looking after younger children. It was shot by award winning documentary makers the Rainbow Collective who work regularly in Bangladesh to capture and raise awareness of the exploitation endemic in the country’s booming textile sector which is manufacturing mainly for export to the UK, Europe and the US. Watch it here.
You can help us do more by visiting the EMG Initiative #salvaget Pop Up Shop open from 25 July until 3 August at 1 Silver Place, London, W1F 0JW. Many well known designers including Louise Gray, Zandra Rhodes and Giles Deacon have donated remnants of fabrics used in their designs to EMG to create a collection of unique salvaged tee shirts. All the funds raised will go to the project.
Find out more at TRAID, ChildHope and EMG Initiative.