Fields of Hope

Duration of the project: November 2016 to 2022


Fields od Hope is an international cooperation initiative, financed by the U.S. Department of Labor and implemented by World Vision Mexico, along with with partners: Solidaridad Internacional Kanda, A.C. (SiKanda) in Oaxaca and Peace Fund (Fondo para la Paz A.C) in the state of Veracruz, with the purpose of preventing child labor and promoting better working conditions for migrant farm communities in the sugarcane and coffee sectors in Oaxaca and Veracruz.

The program has been designed to complete an integral approach to the problem of child labor, including the following actions:

  • Incidence at the federal, state, and municipal level
  • Collaboration with the private sector
  • Community and farmworker awareness
  • Access to education

General Objective:

The Hope Fields program has been designed to prevent and reduce infant labor and improve the labor conditions of migrant farm communities in Oaxaca and Veracruz.

This project aligns with the Sustainable Development Objective (8) Decent work and economic growth.

General Objectives:

Provide information to the beneficiaries of migrant farmworkers communities on the risks and alternatives to child labor, the benefits of being a registered worker, and the available benefits under the law for registered workers and legal requirements for acceptable labor conditions.

Support coordination between the government, the private sector, and the migrant farm communities, to establish and increase access to educational, training, and social protection programs; Increase consciousness.

Provide information and training to beneficiaries, which will enable them to recognize and claim their social protection rights, quality of life, and education and training alternatives to access a dignified job, and links to social programs.

Strengthen the knowledge and capability of the producer associations and their members to take on the rights and labor conditions according to the national labor laws, likewise, permit the adoption of corresponding certifications inside the sugarcane and coffee chains that as criteria incorporate acceptable labor conditions for workers and the absence of child labor.

Strengthen the institutional capacity and public policies in terms of child labor protection, education, subsistence methods, social protection, and permit children and teenagers of farm communities greater access to formal education and existing educational opportunities on child labor, emphasizing the importance of education access, social protection, decent work, and legal working age.

Spread investigation and disclosure on the best practices to support the efforts of public policies to develop effective strategies for the benefit of migrant farmworkers communities.

Región y Municipios:

  • Oaxaca: Acatlán de Pérez Figueroa and San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec
  • Veracruz: Zongolica and Tezonapa

1520 children in total for an estimate of 800 families

  • World Vision (Coordinators)
  • Solidaridad Internacional Kanda, AC (SiKanda) (in Oaxaca)
  • Fondo para la Paz A.C. (in Veracruz)

U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL)

  • Completion of the Diploma on Strategies to Improve Child Welfare in Basic Education, in coordination with World Vision México, the State of Oaxaca Institute of Public Education, the Human Rights Ombudsman for the People of Oaxaca, the Autonomous University of Oaxaca ” Benito Juárez” and the State Attorney for the Rights of Girls, Boys and Adolescents of the State of Oaxaca. 45 graduates concluded.
  • Strengthening of institutional capacities for the detection and attention of cases of Child Labor through training sessions in which nearly 1,000 public servants at the state and municipal levels have participated.
  • Development of life skills as a strategy to reduce child labor in 12 migrant farmworkers communities in 2 municipalities of Oaxaca (Co-financed by the U.S. Department of Labor).
  • As part of the achievements in the state of Oaxaca, there is the active participation of institutions linked to the guarantee of the rights of children and adolescents, with whom they work on the development of strategies for the prevention and eradication of child labor.
  • Similarly, various training processes have been developed for state government institutions in order to strengthen their capacities for detection, attention, channeling and restitution of rights in cases of child labor.

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