Valeria - KidsRights
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Name

Valeria

Country of origin
Guatemala
Current country
Guatemala
Age
17
Theme:
Loves: Studying, cooking and listening to music

Valeria and her younger brothers and sisters are living at their mother’s house. She loves volunteering and helping others. At her school, she is part of a club that raises money for people in need. Next to that, she likes to work on projects like planting trees and collecting food. Together with her friends, she is raising money for orphans.

In the future, Valeria wants to work for the United Nations and help solving social issues in Guatemala and rest of the world. She would especially like to see a change in the attitude of men towards women. She also wants to end violence against children and gender based violence.

Highlights

Violence
Hillary's Peace Clubs
What's the problem? In Ghana, in the neighborhood where Hillary lives, there is a lot of violence. This violence stems from conflicts between different Ghanaian tribes, and has already killed many people. This makes it unsafe for children to go to school and play outside. Fortunately, local organizations are fighting against violence and try to create peace. However, according to Hillary, children’s opinions are not taken into consideration when it comes to making decisions that affect them, and thinks they need to be more involved. This gave Hillary the idea to motivate and mobilize children to participate in activities that contribute to building peace. What is Hillary's solution? Hillary is convinced that his neighborhood will become safer when children and young people participate in campaigns that promote peace. For that reason he has established Peace Clubs, where young people unite and take action against violence. In each Peace Club there are 15 boys and girls, from 10 to 16 years old. Hillary thinks it is important that religions are brought together within these clubs, but also that all children can participate and, for example, disabled children are not excluded. The Peace Clubs organize events such as a Public Peace March and a Children's Peace Festival, to spread their message and motivate other peers to participate. What is the goal? The main goal of Hillary's Peace Clubs is to bring children from different backgrounds together and mobilize them to take action against violence. It is important that people start to see how important a child can be in building peace. How does Hillary work? Hillary thinks it's important to strengthen each other and is therefore planning to work together with several local organizations. He achieves this by telling the organizations about the Peace Clubs and by explaining how children can be of value in their activities. Hillary also guides the Peace Clubs with setting up peace marches, festivals and information sessions at schools. The Clubs meet once a week to exchange ideas. Another important part of Hillary's project is informing parents about the Peace Clubs visiting them personally. He does this so that the parents encourage their children to participate in the events of the Peace Clubs. What does Hillary need? Hillary uses posters, banners, pens and pencils to convey his message. Hillary also has shirts printed to create solidarity and to combat discrimination. By wearing the same shirt, all children look the same and everyone is equal. Who does Hillary need? Parents who give their children permission and motivate them to participate Schools where he can tell about his project Radio stations and newspapers to spread his message The local police to protect him and the other members of the Peace Clubs
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.  
Peace
Divina's Peace Workshops
What’s the problem? Divina is worried by the rise of violent extremism within her country. Violent extremist groups have destroyed a great number of lives. They have also devastated farmlands, which caused famine in the society, as well as demolished schools, causing the interruption of education for a lot of children. Divina noticed that more and more children are getting involved in these armed groups and are recruited as child soldiers. She wants to do something against it and decided to take action. What is Divina’s solution? Divina wants to end the recruiting of children in extremist armed groups. Her plan is to achieve this by raising awareness in children of what participation within these groups means for them, and what the consequences are. Divina will organize two workshops that will focus on two important rights: the right to education and the right to security. In this way she will create awareness about combating violence, extremist groups and its consequences. She also printed cartoons on t-shirts to strengthen her message. The participants can keep the t-shirts, in order to spread the message in their surroundings. Divina designed this cartoon during an earlier project. What is Divina’s goal? Divina’s goal is to discourage children to become members in terrorist groups. She wishes to influence children, that perhaps are already part of these armed groups, to leave them. Also, she hopes that children living in communities that encourage children to become soldiers will stand up for the cause and reject that culture. As a consequence, she wishes to see the rate of violent extremism decrease, and see more children engaged in peace building processes. How does Divina work? Divina will work together with Children for Peace, a group created by herself which is fighting against violence. She is also looking for collaborations with other youth organizations. Divinia will use surveys to measure the impact of her project. She will also try to distribute as many photos and videos of the workshop and cartoon as possible, to reach even more people. What does Davina need? T-shirts to spread her message through the cartoons printed on it Refreshments for the workshops Posters to spread the message Children engaging in her project Adults encouraging their children to participate in her project Mosques where the workshops will be held Who does she need? The members of the Children for Peace team, as they will be the ones leading the workshops
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