November 20 is World Children’s Day. It’s an opportunity to promote awareness of children’s issues globally and seek ways to improve the welfare of children. The day also provides children with the chance to experience understanding between themselves and stand in unity.
First established in 1954, the event aligns with the date the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It’s also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Today, World Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children (source: United Nations). And at Rafiki Mwema that’s what we’re all about, every day.
Rafiki Mwema works to give children the lives they are entitled to. We are totally committed to supporting our children, each who has experienced things we could not even imagine. The first step is to help them heal their trauma so they can grow to love, be loved and become safe and loving adults. We seek to empower each individual through safety, security and healing. This is done by working with families, in the communities, with schools, churches, villages and with government officials to ensure the cycle of abuse is broken. We work to give the children in our care the chance to live as children should – by returning their rights.
Power in action
There are many ways we work to put this into action. At the individual level we help them heal from their traumas. We show them they are loved, worthy and that they matter through the opportunity to form bonds with the staff and other children. At the local level we provide them with the education and tools to become empowered when they leave our care. And at the global level we seek to raise awareness of what we do. We will not be silent and will ensure the atrocities these children have experienced are not ignored.
It’s through these actions that we seek to protect our children’s rights. This includes the right to life, to health, to education and to play. As well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard.
Let’s promote and celebrate children’s rights on World Children’s Day. Let’s continuously build up a friendly environment for children in the world through dialogue and actions.
We are faced with a huge bill to keep our doors open each month. We do not receive any government funding so rely on the generosity of people just like you. If you’d like to join the fight for our children’s rights, there are many ways you can help. Find out more HERE.
SPONSOR A CHILD WITH RAFIKI MWEMA
Right now, we have a huge need for more sponsors. With Christmas just around the corner, our budget is stretched – just as it is in any family at this time of year. Except that our family has 70 children! We want each of them to feel extra special this year, especially after such a disruptive past two years.
In addition, another six little girls have joined our family in the last two months, and they have extensive medical and health needs. This has increased our expenses, along with the education and therapy they’re receiving.
Sponsorship is only AUD$50 a month, and it’s one of the most impactful ways that you can make a lifelong difference. Please consider sponsoring a child with Rafiki Mwema today.