Gabriel - KidsRights
“It is important for children to be aware of their influence on the world. Adults see the world through a tunnel, while children see no borders."
Name

Gabriel

Country of origin
The Netherlands
Current country
The Netherlands
Age
20
Theme:

Gabriel is 1 of 6 children in his family. After his mother died, his father could no longer take care of him and his siblings. Gabriel's grandparents took over, until they became too old and he had to be looked after by the Child Protection and Child Welfare. In that period, Gabriel needed extra tutoring, but neither of the institutions had the financial means for it. One of Gabriel's friends encountered the same problem. Together they wanted to do something to prevent other young people from experiencing a similar situation. Gabriel started an initiative to offer homework assistance and tutoring to young people in the destitute areas of Rotterdam. With this initiative, the number of young people successfully finishing their education increased.

Highlights

Violence
Betty’s school sessions
What is the problem?  Sexual violence is a daily occurrence in Betty’s community. Girls who are victims are ashamed and therefore keep their mouth shut, even though this may have a huge impact on them. These girls could have unwanted pregnancies, infections, STDs or other sexual diseases. Betty sees that when this happens, the girls usually drop out of school and lose their friends and family. The girls then have nowhere else to go. Betty has tried helping them, but needs help to do so. With the support of KidsRights she is setting up a project. What is Betty’s solution? School sessions: At school Betty wants to organize sessions every other week where about 20 to 30 students, victims of sexual violence, parents, school and village leaders can brainstorm about stopping sexual violence aimed at children. Visiting media & government:Together with a few participants of the school sessions she wants to visit diverse media companies and government institutions. She hopes that her plight will be heard and action will be taken. Betty is working with two media companies that are helping to reach as many people as possible. Awareness Walk: Betty wants to conclude with a protest march in which young people, children, adults and victims of sexual violence can walk together. In this way she wants to draw attention to sexual violence. She expects 200 participants. What is the goal? That all inhabitants are informed of children’s rights and that sexual violence aimed at children is finally stopped! How does Betty work?  Betty will focus on guiding the team. She is afraid that money will be problem. But she is also convinced that if you really want to get something done, you can also achieve it without money. Who does Betty need?   Organizations, school leaders, parents and village leaders are the ones needed to think about solutions, to take action and to reach out to others. The group at her school with whom she is working with. Read more about this group here. What does Betty need?   Advice on how she can set up her project. A wider audience so that the world knows what she is doing.
Child marriage
Sazeda's Youth Groups
What’s the problem? Child marriage is a custom that is widely spread throughout Bangladesh, where Sazeda is from. It is a custom which creates a great number of limits for girls and for the fulfillment of their rights. For instance, many girls marrying as children drop out of school as a consequence. Especially in Sazeda’s region there are high odds for child marriage. UNICEF estimates that victims of this custom are around 59% of the population. What is Sazeda’s solution? In order to stop child marriage, Sazeda is planning on doing a number of activities. The activities are directed at increasing girls’ self-dependency, which can be achieved primarily through education. For starters, she wants to form youth groups to raise the awareness of children on child marriage. The Youth Group Activity will take place in the form of group session, where there will be 20 peer educators to lead the sessions, for three hours a day for three days. These group sessions are meant for both girls and boys. In this way, Sazeda wants to transfer knowledge and skills. She hopes that they will understand the negative consequences of child marriage and change their behavior. Another planned activity are to held the group sessions on child marriage in the schools. Those school sessions will take place once a month for two months. Spreading this message at the place, that, more than any, has the power to combat this custom, has a crucial value for Sazeda. What is Sazeda’s goal? Sazeda’s goal is to decrease the rate of child marriage among girls. She wants girls to continue their education and to not drop out of school in case of early marriage. In this way, their self-dependency will increase. How does Sazeda work? Sazeda will lead her project. She fiercely believes in the participation of other children to implement her project plans, and aims at strong youth capacity building. Sazeda is convinced, that spreading knowledge about the consequences of child marriage is essential to stop this custom. This is why the starting point of her activities is in schools and involves the participation of other children. What does Sazeda need? In order to share her message and educate children on the topic of child marriage, Sazeda needs: training and sessions materials, such as posters, markers, art paper, books, writing pads, pens, flash cards and modules Theater materials, for the Theater for Development, such as costumes and music materials Who does she need? Sazeda needs the participation and endorsement of her project by other children. Also, she needs adults believing in her cause that allow their children to participate in her activities. As well, Sazeda needs people to help her in mobilizing resources for her projects.
Health
A Drug-free Child Environment
What is the problem? Far too many children in Ahmed’s surroundings get addicted to drugs at an early age, thereby reducing their chances of a good future. It has a huge impact on the lives of these children as they do not quite realize the consequences of their drug use. According to Ahmed, the Liberian government should play a larger part in the prevention of drug use among children. What is Ahmed’s solution? Ahmed wants to inform his community about the use of drugs with the March For The Mind campaign. Young people will gather on the streets to create attention for this subject and draw up a petition to get the government to take action. Besides that, workshops will be given to 75 to 150 children about the effects of drugs. What is the goal? Ahmed hopes that not only will the government take action, but also that children will receive more information about the effect of drugs through the workshops. His ultimate goal is for a safe environment where children get the chance to develop and face a good future, without drugs.  

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