Fund Development and Communications Manager
The past week I gifted you all with c happies, which I implored each one of us to open the ten of them, internalise them and take action.
As I sat reviewing the article I noted with some kind of joy at the strides that we have made inchild care as a country, despite all the challenging situations facing children it’s not all doom and gloom we have moved quite a few steps towards the right direction and we all owe to it to ourselves to advocate for causes of children.
Indeed, we have only ourselves to help improve the lives of children, in fact evidence shows that an uneven number of children continue to live in extreme poverty thus addressing child poverty is particularly important because the impact on children is so devastating, affecting their physical, cognitive and social development. Poverty can undermine children’s physical and mental health and set them on a lifelong path of low education levels and reduced productivity. In general, child mortality is notably higher in the lowest-income households than in wealthier households. Children in the poorest households of their societies are more than twice as likely to endure severe problems while growing up as opposed to children from the richer ones. Furthermore, children living in poverty are more likely to become impoverished adults and to have poor children, creating and sustaining inter-generational cycles of poverty. While the largest costs of child poverty are borne directly by children, society also pays a high price through reduced productivity, untapped potential and the costs of responding to chronic poverty. Child poverty damages children’s life chances and harms us all. And we all know how such can make these children vulnerable.
Violence Against Children
Never a day goes by without reading or hearing about how children have been violated. Violence against children is still on the rise. Yet we have the responsibility to protect children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect as a nation. It is even saddening to note how children with disabilities, particularly girls with disabilities, are most vulnerable and face the greatest risk of injury, abuse and neglect.
The HIV/ AIDS pandemic has impacted heavily on children and has affected all their rights – civil, political, economic, social and cultural. The impact reversed hard- won gains in life expectancy, left so many children orphaned and the breakdown of so many family units, leaving children to raise each other. My question is, is this world today a better world for our children. Does this world hold out a vision of how childhood should be, defining it as a time separate from adulthood in which children are free to grow, learn and play, and in which they are both protected and respected?
Over my professional life I have seen so many conventions on the Rights of the Child being adopted and these blunt- ly stress the fundamental role of the family in the growth and well-being of children, recognizing that a loving and understanding family environment is vital to a child’s development. Again another question comes up, what have you and I done to ensure that children grow up within a loving family. How have we helped organisations that provide family like care like SOS Children’s Villages support in raising up children. Don’t you think that you might be the missing link in ensuring that this place becomes a better place for children, how about we share just ONE LILAN- GENI with SOS Children’s Villages and be the chance that vulnerable children grow up in a better place. This you can do by simple dialing * 007* 03* 04* 032# or send through mobile money number, 7640 0273 or through the bank with account details, First National Bank, Account Number: 62372140493 BRANCH CODE: 280164
For more information contact, Nontobeko Mbuyane on email@example.com or call +26825058471/1/2/3 and visit our facebook page @SOSSwaziland and our website: www.sos.org.sz