When a child first joins Earn N Learn, they go through a 10-20 day training process.
They first learn how to make paper bags from old newspapers. Then they move onto cutting basic shapes. From here, senior children will teach the newer ones how to paste. With time and practice, they are ready to work on their own.
Earn N Learn is a stepping stone and not a means to the end. Though often seen as vocational training, the project and the craft is actually a medium through which we can impart values to the children and encourage their learning. Through the process, children learn and practice cleanliness and hygiene, honesty, responsibility, how to help others, how to work together, the importance of supporting their families. They develop their self-confidence, creativity and awareness. The children also receive exposure to people from all walks of life from around the world, gain real-life education and get to participate in field trips and workshops.
The Earn N Learn teams spends a lot of time forging relationships with the families and creating awareness to ensure they do not pull their child out of the program in order to send them into full time work.
According to the International Labour Organization,child labor is defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and work that is harmful to physical and mental development. And yet, in developing countries child labor is a complex problem that arises from poverty. Many families spend most of their income on basic food and depend on the income earned by their children for survival. In response to these realities, Earn N Learn helps children contribute towards the welfare of their family, with the larger focus on the child’s development and education. The children spend a couple of hours each day crafting beautiful handmade paper products in an open, relaxed and sunny ambience, staying out of harm’s way.