“Little by little one walks far.” – Peruvian proverb
In the part of the world where the most beloved of all products is produced, there are great challenges for indigenous children. We are talking about CHOCOLATE. Indigenous parents and their children are seen by some as easy targets for abuses. Indigenous people are seen as different … different skin colors, different languages, dress and customs. Parents are often enticed into false work offers and end up in slavery through mining, logging, brick-making and domestic services. Mothers are often forced into prostitution. Children then become indentured servants or trafficked into “sex tourism”.
ICA struggles emotionally in playing such a small part in assisting these children when there is so much that needs to be done. ICA partners with farmers who produce Fair Trade cocoa. There a family will be paid a fair wage and a child will not be used nor abused. At least we can make one small step toward keeping a family intact, thriving and safe. What are you doing?