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Alex Crawford's Sky News report introduced us to Dorsen and Richard, little boys who suffer slave conditions to mine cobalt for our smartphones. Horrified? Join us. Add your email address to our petition to demand companies like Samsung, Sony and Apple, help for these children. They can, without losing any profit, because we, the consumers will contribute. Which corporates will do the right thing and help us to help these children?
Do you have a smartphone / tablet / laptop? The cobalt inside the battery may have been mined by Dorsen, 8 and Richard, 11
Dorsen, child cobalt miner

Dorsen, child cobalt miner

Age: 8 years
Employed: Child labourer in cobalt mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hours of work : 12 hours a day
Daily payment: Erratic. As little as 8p/10¢, nothing
Lifestyle: Often hungry, in pain, exhausted
Smartphone: Does not own a smartphone

  Richard, child cobalt miner

Richard, child cobalt miner

Age: 11 years
Employed: Child labourer in cobalt mine, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hours of work : 12 hours a day
Daily payment: Erratic. As little as 8p/10¢, nothing
Lifestyle: Often hungry, in pain, exhausted
Smartphone: Does not own a smartphone

 

Meet Dorsen. He's 8. Works 12 hours a day for as little as 8p. This is what hopeless looks like
Shouldn't governments and corporates sort this out? Yes, but they don't, so why should we?
Read our letter to the corporates. We ask them help Dorsen, 8, who is abused by corporates
   
Dorsen   Dorsen and Richard, DR Congo  
Meet the men who could help Dorsen and Richard, and children like them
We've written a letter to companies to ask them to organise at-the-point-of-sale fundraising to support Dorsen and Richard, and child miners like them. These children labour 12 hours a day for as little as 8p to mine cobalt for recharagable batteries used in smartphones, laptops and cars.
SUPPLIER,HUAYOU COBLAT: Bryce Lee NO RESPONSE YET
NOKIA: CEO Rajeev Suri
A BIT OF HOPE FROM A HUMAN
SAMSUNG: CEO Boo-Keun Yoon
NEGATIVE - NO OFFER OF HELP
   
Bryce Lee, Manager, Huayou Cobalt   CEO Rajeev Suri, Nokia   CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, Samsung
LG: CEO Juno Cho
NO RESPONSE YET
DORO: CEO Robert Puskaric
NO RESPONSE YET
SONY: CEO Kazuo Hirai
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Juno Cho, LG   CEO, Robert Puskaric, Doro   CEO, Kazuo Hirai, Sony
ACER: CEO Jason Chen
NO RESPONSE YET
APPLE: CEO Tim Cook
NO RESPONSE YET
ARCHOS: CEO Loric Porier
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Jason Chen, Acer   CEO Tim Cook, Apple   CEO, Loric Porier, Archos
LENOVO: CEO Yang Yuanqing
AUTOMATED RESPONSE
 
GOOGLE: CEO Sundar Pichai
NO RESPONSE YET
BLACKBERRY: CEO John S Chen
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Yang Yuanqinq, Lenovo   CEO, Sundar Pichai, Google   CEO, John Chen, Blackberry
VODAFONE: CEO Nick Jeffery
NO RESPONSE YET
 
HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler
AUTOMATED RESPONSE
MICROSOFT: CEO Satya Nadella
NO RESPONSE YET
   
CEO, Nick Jeffery, Vodafone   CEO, Dion Weisler, HP   CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft
DELL: CEO Michael Dell
NO RESPONSE YET
 
VOLKSWAGEN: CEO Matthias Müller AUTOMATED RESPONSE
DAIMLER: CEO Dieter Zetsche
NO RESPONSE YET
   
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell   Dorsen in the rain   Daimler CEO, Dieter Zetsche
Amnesty International Report: This is what we die for
  This is what Amnesty International says:

Companies have a responsibility to mitigate and take corrective measures for the victims if they have failed to respect human rights at any point during their operations... If human rights abuses have occurred at any point in the supply chain, the company must, in cooperation with other relevant actors, such as its suppliers and national authorities, take action to remediate the harm suffered by the people affected.

Read report >

Distressed? How you can help Dorsen and children like him
Sign the petition to object to child labour in cobalt mines
For children who work 12 hours for as little as 8p or 10¢ every penny helps
Donate direct to The Good Shepherd Sisters in Kolwezi
Donate direct to Kimbilio in Lubumbashi, for street children
Donate direct to Save Dorsen and his friends fund
   
 
Kimbilio JustGiving
 
There is hope. There are people who are already helping children
Other ways to help children. You could...
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Questions or suggestions? Contact us anytime
Email: hello@cobaltchildren.org
The Good Shepherd Sisters in Kolwezi
Find out more about the Good Shepherd Sisters and the Maisha project. >
Kimbilio children's sanctuary, Lubumbashi
Kimbilio boys
Find out more about the work of Kimbilio >
 
Any thoughts?
How to help Dorsen
Donating

When children earn as little as 8p a day, every penny helps

Donate direct to Kimbilio. They support street children in Lubumbashi, DR Congo
Kimbilio JustGiving
Cobalt Children, 2017. Consumers and Corporates know it's wrong for children to mine cobalt.
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