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Preventing Family Separation among Ultra Poor Families in Burkina Faso
Presentation made by Trickle Up, Women's Refugee Council and the University of Chicago at the symposium “Keeping Children and Families together through Economic Strengthening" organized by USAID, FHI 360, WRC and the CPC Learning Network. This case study presentation looks at the implementation of the Trickle Up and Trickle Up + programs for Economic Empowerment and Child Rights sensitization. The target population includes food insecure children from the Nord Region of Burkina Faso involved with the worst forms of child labor in cocoa, cotton fields, and gold mines. The case study looks at the high risk of vulnerable children to slavery, debt bondage, or hazardous working conditions. It also identifies several factors that lead to family child separation beyond economic factors. In this context, cultural norms make child exploitation, and physical discipline normal and children live in households with multiple households” due to polygamy. The case study presentation concludes that in addition to economic empowerment, child protection sensitization is needed.