Tazkyah Khan : World Day Against Child Labour 2020; Voices of DCI Youth Leaders

Our generation is currently living through a large movement of political and social change as well as an international pandemic, one that without a doubt will go down in history books. And during this change, we have been fortunate enough to be gifted the power of the media to shed light on important issues, one of those being child labor. I have been extremely privileged to have a roof over my head, access to education and healthcare, and food on the table without having to worry about if we could afford all these things. Until working with DCI, I had not fully grasped the concept of how lucky I am. Even now, it is overwhelming to read about the circumstances of the 152 million children forced into a life of child labor. Kids from ages as young as five are being exploited in some of the worst forms of child labor such as trafficking, forced labor, and involvement in illicit activities. These children are being put in extremely dangerous circumstances while being stripped of their childhood, and part of this is due to the poverty cycle.

As millions of families are desperate for resources, they are forced to subject themselves and their children to work for the bare minimum. Even with the strenuous and back-breaking hours put into work, the poverty cycle limits them to a hard life with little hope.
Distressed Children & Infants International, along with other organizations, is working towards the same mission, to eliminate child labor and help the underprivileged families impacted by destitution by providing income-generating opportunities as well as healthcare and education. Even during these hard times, it is our job to work towards change, even more now than ever. Take the opportunities that are given to you, donate not only money but your time to charities, spread awareness, and join DCI in their mission to protect child rights. Our generation has already proven to be a powerful one, and by coming together we can work towards bettering the world.

Tazkyah Khan (Subah)
Youth Leader, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)

Tazkyah Khan (Subah)
Tazkyah Khan lives in Portland, Oregon. She is a freshman at Sunset High School and volunteered at DCI’s SunChild Home Orphanage for 7 weeks over the summer of 2019. She also founded the DCI Youth Club of Portland in October, involving other youth members in DCI’s mission through fundraisers and other projects. Tazkyah Khan has worked with DCI for over a year and aims to help those who are less