Dismantling the Foundations of Child Labor
“These are very deprived households. And the kids are exposed to so much on the streets.”
So says Karen Moutás, director of Canillitas Don Bosco in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic—a country so deeply impoverished that far too many families face homelessness and hunger. Every day, precious girls and boys who should be in school fan out onto the public squares instead—shining shoes, washing cars, and selling fruit.
In the award-winning documentary, Canillitas, you will see children like Edwin, Moises, Cristóbal, and others who just want to earn some extra money so they and their parents can eat. In the process, they become vulnerable to drugs, violence, exploitation and worse.
It doesn’t have to be this way. And you can help.
At Canillitas Don Bosco, our dedicated Salesian missionaries and staff work to eradicate the affliction of child labor so these children can reclaim what’s theirs: their youth, their joy, and their right to an education and a brighter future.
The formula is straightforward and successful—through recreation, counseling, schooling and material support, our missionaries empower kids working on the streets to transcend their circumstances and fulfill their potential to live lives of dignity and purpose. Thousands of former child laborers have already changed their lives through this program.