Well, we have a green light for our pop up cake sale at school from the head teacher! My little girl came home on Friday so excited that she started making posters and writing notes to mums and dads requesting help to make and sell cakes.
She was beaming at the thought that she might be able to help other children have some of their basic rights met. They cover the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) extensively at school and she reminds me that some of these basic rights are…
No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
You have the right to be alive.
You have the right to an identity – an official record of who you are. No one should take this away from you.
You have the right to be protected from kidnapping.
You have the right to privacy.
You have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind.
You have the right to help from the government if you are poor or in need.
You have the right to play and rest.
No one is allowed to punish you in a cruel or harmful way.
You have the right to help if you’ve been hurt, neglected or badly treated.
We make sure we full fill as many of these as we can and as fairly as we can with our own children, don’t we? But, I can count at least 8 of these – if not more that are not being met for many of the children that are stranded in the ‘Jungle’ camps of Calais. It breaks my heart to see and hear the things these children, young adults have been though. According to U.N., more than half of all Syrian refugees are children. Older children are traumatised and forced to grow up too fast. Due to desperate circumstances they are trying to find work to take care of their family’s basic needs such as clothing & food.
‘I wish my photographs could do justice to what I saw for a couple of weeks in September. What I witnessed was truly biblical. I was profoundly moved by everything I saw. I have never seen so many families on the move, so many children. I have photographed conflicts before and have seen refugees on the move but this seemed so different in scale. The refugees I met and saw were a testament to the human will to survive and persevere. Despite all the hardship the refugees were going through, I saw love, kindness, humour and warmth continue. I also saw so many acts of generosity by Austrians, Hungarians, Serbians, Macedonians and Greeks. They acted even when their governments dithered. As hard as it was to witness it all, it reaffirmed by faith in humanity and I felt truly blessed to have seen it all with my own eyes‘. – Antonio Olmos
These images are just from last month by Antonio Olmos, many of you where able to take a summer holiday or perhaps like me a day trip every week to one of the beaches in England. Sitting and enjoying watching our children play in the sea and dig in the sand. Eating, drinking, laughing and sleeping safely in their beds at the end of the night.
What would you not do to help protect your child/ren? That’s what I’m asking you to help me do – Raise these funds, bid on the artworks, donate to our Just Giving page, share the posts, raise awareness of what we are trying to do and keep the money coming in, so that we can help some of the children have at least some of their basic rights.
I’m afraid I don’t have celebrity status that I can reach a million people in just one tweet. it’s just me … and you … and you … it’s us – team AforA. Please help – invite your friends to like the FB page, bid on behalf of someone who isn’t on FB if they ask, share the posts, tweet the pages. Lets be that small act of kindness that is going to make the difference to someones life. One small random act of kindness – that’s all I am asking for…