Regions: Africa   Asia   Latin America

Name of Organization: Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotel, Educational Institutions, Hospitals, and Allied Workers

Country: Kenya

Project Title: "Of Child Domestic Work In Kenya Through Education And Skills Training"

Project Timeframe: 6 months

Location of Project: 4 districts in Kenya

Budget Amount: $10,000

NGO contact and website:
Moi Avenue, Nairobi
P.O. Box 41763-00100
Telefax: 254-020-211840

Project's Primary Objective: Raise awareness of the importance of education for all children, and mobilize a wide array of actors to improve and expand education infrastructures.

Description of Organization: This project will be implemented by KUDHEIHA workers. KUDHEIHA stands for Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers. It is one of the oldest trade unions in Kenya, formed in 1951, and represents the workers to improve their terms and conditions of employment through collective bargaining. KUDHEIHA has an institutional framework that covers 26 branches in 26 districts country-wide. KUDHEIHA is aware and capable of tackling child labour in the tourism industry and the domestic service. KUDHEIHA has successfully completed a two year first phase of an ILO-sponsored project on the elimination of Child Domestic Work and has received funds for the second phase.

Description of Project funded by CIRCLE: In Kenya, child domestic labour is widespread in nearly all parts of the country. Most families in urban areas use children to work for them. The main focus of this CIRCLE project will be awareness raising on the issue of child domestic labour focusing on its worst forms. This is important because Kenyans take Child Domestic Labour for granted. other component of this project is legislation. KUDHEIHA will work with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Child Rights NGOs to ensure that the Employment Act is reviewed to conform to the general minimum age for employment in domestic service. KUDHEIHA will also work with local authorities to ensure that their by-laws have components to deal with Child Domestic Labour. This is based on the fact that, in the past KUDHEIHA workers have been subjected to harassment by home owners employing children because they do not have a legislation backing them. The existence of by-law allowing them to enter homes to recruit adult domestic workers and remove child domestic labourers will go along way to end child labour in this sector particularly its worst forms.

This project builds on one KUDHEIHA has been implementing with the ILO/IPEC since 2001, wherby already 800 girls and 700 boys have been removed from this sector and taken to primary schools and 50 to skills training sectors. The KUDHEIHA experience is that older child domestic workers feel uncomfortable in primary schools and they end up dropping out. Under this CIRLCE programme, more older children will be taken to skills training institutions. These will be informal and urban informal skills training centers (known here as ‘Jua Kali' Centres or ‘hot-sun' Centres). In addition, awareness raising will be done within the framework of the established Child Labour Committees in 15 districts. These are a broad spectrum of actions from all sectors from pastors to businessmen to politicians and parents all mobilized to speak out and take action against child labour.

Specifically KUDHEIHA will:
  • Build the capacity of union officials members and other key stakeholders
  • Train branch officials on recognizing and dealing with child domestic labor in the context of the existing legislations and policy framework
  • Raise awareness and social mobilization by trained KUDHEIHA officials, members, Child Labour Committee members and other stakeholders
  • Remove 90 boys and girls who will be taken back to school and training centers.

Project Targets (Common Indicators):
Enrollment: 90 domestic child laborer
Persistence: 90
Transition: transition to other non-CIRCLE funded programs
Conclusion: 90