Have you ever said the words, “I have to go to work”?
"I have to go to work," is such a common phrase that sometimes we forget what a gift a job can be.
But imagine for just a moment ...what it would be like not having a safe, honourable way to provide for your family. This is a daily reality for millions of parents living in under-developed nations.
Perhaps though, you are one of the fortunate ones in your community; you have a job that pays legal minimum wage. Unfortunately, that legal wage pays you less than half of what it costs your family to live.
Three meals a day and education for your children, medical care...these are luxuries you can't afford.
So when your employer requests that you work a 16-hour day, or the working conditions are unsafe or abusive, you can’t afford to say “No” - because hundreds of other people are lined up to take your poorly-paying job.
Now, imagine how different life would look if in 48, rather than 70 hours, you earn enough money to provide food, water, and adequate clothing and shelter. For the first time you have medical benefits and some extra money to save for a safer cookstove or a metal roof.
You can finally afford to send your children to school - something you didn’t have the opportunity to do. You can confidently say “NO” to the woman asking if you’d like her to take your 9 year-old daughter to find work in the city.
Where aid and relief work help families survive, living-wage jobs provide dignity and hope helping families and children thrive.
Where clothing creates living-wage jobs, the kids who wear them and the parents who buy them can feel great knowing they are helping write brighter futures for every person who made their clothes; from the farmer who planted the organic cotton seed to the seamstress who sewed the tag on.