HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 !
« I’m unhappy when I see people die in a war and others don’t know where to go and when children cannot go to school.» Consili (Democratic Republic of Congo)
« We do not want any more war, it destroys our families. Despite our differences we want to build a world based on tolerance and respect.» (Croatia)
A lot of children have written to us in 2013, they all want peace. But some are tired of the war and are scared, they endure hardship. They suffer to live away from their families, they cannot go to school...
Likewise, we want to wish everyone a year of peace and friendship where nobody is excluded.
(Bird designed by the children from the Philippines)
How to build a world for all children ?
Every individual has rights
Children, especially, need to be protected, and hence, have specific rights as well. The Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989 by the UN’s General Assembly.
Children from various countries have sent us messages encouraging us to think about children’s rights.
“We are crying because there is no peace in our country. We do not study, we do not eat. There is so much war, we do not have parents anymore, no more friends.” (children from the Democratic Republic of Congo)
“To live in peace, I need my family. It is what makes me a happier child.” (a child from Bolivia)
During Universal Children’s Day, last November 20th, we welcomed you to have a think about:
How one builds a united and fair world for all children?
And complete the following activity :
The Tree of Children’s Rights
Draw your fruit on children’s needs :
1. Alone or with someone else, have a think about what a child needs to grow?
2. Draw your favorite fruit
3. Write every need on the fruit
Now we welcome you to have a think about: What actions do you take to make your fruit grow?
Let us know by writing on the roots or the bark of the tree, what actions you take to ensure that everyone leads a better life, and what you do to make this world a better place.
Send all your fruits, roots and bark to the following address :
Tapori Chemin Galiffe, 5
1201 Genève, Suisse
"Our house does not have any electricity. We use either gas lamp or candle. ...I persist in studying using the meager light ... I have to do this to prepare myself for a better future." (Andrea)