Miners & Minors


How to Help

On the mountain, two Caucasian men, Kief Davidson &_Richard Ladkani, are seated behind young Basilio who wears his green hard hat and dust-covered work clothes

A letter from filmmakers Kief Davidson &
Richard Ladkani:

The exciting aspect about the film that we never anticipated was how many ways viewers can become involved in the issue of dangerous child labor. Reading about the issue, voicing your concerns to policy makers, speaking publicly, writing an article for a local paper, educating students, reviewing NGOs (non-governmental agencies) and donating to programs assisting the children are just some of the many ways to act now and make the issue more visible.

Child mining is illegal in Bolivia, (see International Labor Organization below), so the root cause of the problem—poverty—must be attacked. There are several organizations suggested below addressing poverty through education, vocational training, nutritional support and economic development. Please take a moment to become familiar with these international agencies working directly on the ground. You can also visit our website, and click on Help the Children.

Working towards a solution takes creativity and persistence, so utilize your unique skills and contacts to help end dangerous child labor.

We thank you for your time.

Sincerely, Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani

P.S. If you would like to send a letter to Basilio Vargas or any of the many mining children in Potosi, aid organization Kindernothilfe (KNH) organizes a letter writing exchange program. Letters will go through their main office in Bolivia.

Kindernothilfe Bolivia
Casilla 383
Cochabamba, Bolivia
Tel. 591 4 4248120

The filmmakers are working with the following organizations dedicated to ending dangerous child labor in Bolivia:


Kindernothilfe (KNH) – Help the Children, is a German aid organization striving for better living conditions and alternative income sources for the children of Potosi. 400 youths now receive medical care, extra healthy food, school lessons and school materials. In addition, their parents learn how to read and write and participate in vocational training courses.
Learn more at:

CARE is working to reduce child labor in Bolivia's silver mining regions by improving access to education and preparing children for jobs outside the mines. To help CARE maintain its educational and vocational projects, please donate directly at:
Learn more at:

Ushpa-Ushpa contributes to the living standards of 150 mining children through a day care center in a Bolivian town called Ushpa Ushpa. The mission of the project is to improve the quality of life for boys and girls. The center currently employs 30 people from the community.

Global Goods is dedicated to alleviating poverty and promoting social justice by creating sustainable access to the global market for community-based organizations in South America and around the globe.


Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce: To learn more about how your company can get involved with the various social development projects around this documentary, please contact the Bolivian-American Chamber of Commerce, Inc:
212-233-7776 /

The International Labor Organization (ILO) is the United Nations specialized agency seeking the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labor rights. To learn about the ILO's efforts eliminating the most dangerous forms of child labor, and to download a free classroom study guide, go to:

U.S. Department of Labor - Learn more about the Department's International Child Labor Program (ICLP). The USDOL financed an education initiative, (implemented by CARE) in Potosi, Bolivia helping mining children between 2002-2006. This project will end in September.

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