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Bonauli Simamora stands on a rickety fishing pier, staring at the waves slapping at the wooden beams below. With the sun’s rays beating down on his back, the 14-year-old hauls up a giant fishing net, careful not to lose his balance and fall into the ocean.

For the past nine months, Bonauli has worked 7 days a week, 10 hours a day. From sunrise to sunset, he labors on a pier that sits 10 miles off the coast of Indonesia.

“I work from 8 in the morning until 6 at night,” says Bonauli. “Every morning, I wake up, sort the fish, dry them, boil them, and put them into storage. Then I wait for the tide to go down and do it again.”

Bonauli is one of 120 million children worldwide, from ages 5 to 14, who work instead of going to school. Each day, nearly 80 million of these children risk their health, safety, and often their lives, to earn money.

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Dr. Monteic A. Sizer
Northeast Delta Human Services Authority

Dr. Monteic A. Sizer serves as Executive Director of Northeast Delta Human Services Authority (Northeast Delta HSA). He joined the organization in May 2013 as its first Executive Director. He is uniquely qualified to advocate on behalf of citizens located in the twelve Northeast Delta HSA parishes he represents because he exemplifies how people can meet their greatest human potential based on accountability, integrity and a willingness to engage in their own lives.

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