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A Livelihood Project for Families of Child Laborers

KASAMA is a project of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which aims to contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labor by providing families of child laborers access to decent livelihood opportunities for enhanced income.

It is anchored on the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (PPACL) Framework


It is one of the regular projects under DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP)


It is implemented through DOLE’s Accredited Co-Partners (ACP) which are responsible for the direct delivery of services to the beneficiaries


Target Beneficiaries

  • Parents or guardian of child laborers
  • Elder brothers or sisters of child laborers who are of employable age

Beneficiaries shall commit to take active participation in group activities including social preparation, trainings and actual project implementation, and shall express their willingness to remove or not engage their children in hazardous or exploitative labor

Project Components

  • Partnership Building – aims to ensure that partner groups have the capacity and commitment to provide support and assistance to the beneficiaries towards project sustainability.
  • Beneficiary/Enterprise Development – aims to equip the beneficiaries with appropriate knowledge, attitude and skills in undertaking the livelihood activity towards project viability and success, i.e., social preparation (child rights; workers’ safety, health, productivity; environment; values); entrepreneurship (simple bookkeeping, business management); skills training (production of goods or services).
  • Monitoring and evaluation – aims to keep track and assess the progress of project implementation vis-à-vis adherence to guidelines and performance targets towards project improvement

Preferred Nature of Livelihood Activity

  • Viable, marketability of product or services (e.g. processing of food and other consumer products)
  • Environment-friendly; preferably ‘green’ products (e.g., production of herbal drugs, organic fertilizer and other agriculture-based products)
  • Usage of local/indigenous resources/materials (e.g. handicraft and souvenir items making)

For more information, please contact or go to the nearest DOLE Regional Office in your area.

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