Global Fund for Children
Upon reviewing all the newsletters I have received thus far in my email, I have noticed the newsletters are not really articles, rather a plea to support the fund by contributing money or buying books, however when looking at their website I found many articles of the aid they have given different countries who have gone through a crisis. Also there are no articles that are new or the latest, however a publication titled “Safety” caught my eye and I felt it was current for professional development because it is our responsibility as educators to be aware of issues and trends regarding children and the impacts these issues and trends around the world have on early childhood.
The one issue I read in the publication is about child trafficking where children are forced to be soldiers, fishermen, servants, miners, weavers and sex workers. I was shocked to know that an estimated 5.5 million children and youth are engaged in forced labor worldwide. As a result I was so encouraged when I had read that in one of the countries namely the Republic of Congo, the Global Fund for Children are partnered with a group in Congo called the Bureau pour le Volontariat au Service de l’Enfance et de la Santé (BVES) that negotiate directly with armed groups to release child soldiers. The BVES group then support the children as they transition home, where they provide them with shelter therapy, education and help them reunite with their families.
Further down the publication I was happy to read how the Global Fund for Children reach the most vulnerable children through local organisations in various ways to aid and solve problems in communities. I was happy to read that holistic care is seen as the effective way to rescue, protect and provide for these children in terrible situations.
I found the following resource very helpful to understand this organisation a lot more and how they go about helping local communities rescue children in dangerous situations:
- Rehabilitation: by offering counselling, physical therapy, healthcare, food and nutritional support, and legal services.
- Advocacy: by fighting social stigma and discrimination, and by pushing for better laws and policies to protect children and youth SHELTER through transitional homes that meet children’s basic needs and provide critical social services.
- Shelter: by providing transitional homes that meet children’s basic needs and provide critical social services.
- Prevention: by training teachers, parents, police officers, social workers, and others to recognize when children are in jeopardy and to take action.
- Rescue from forced labor, hazardous environments, trafficking, sexual exploitation, and abuse and neglect REINTEGRATION by offering education, vocational and leadership training, and job placement, and by helping children to safely reunite with their families
The above resource helped me to realise and not forget that when rescuing children from terrible situations whether it be from their terrible home life to war stricken countries, that it is important for these children to receive therapy in a holistic manner, making sure all parties involved in the child’s rescue, therapy and rehabilitation should treat the children’s situation with sensitivity and care and to equip those who are helping in the different processes to guard themselves emotionally as well as equip with knowledge of how to help.
This website certainly has taken economists, neuroscientist and politicians thoughts and views to aid their fund with knowledge about how to take care of children who have been rescued from terrible situations worldwide, as well as given financial aid to help the fund rescue and rehabilitate these children. There are many corporate businesses and partners that donate part of their profits to the Global Fund for Children, where these partners have incorporated a social mission into their business models not only to help and provide for their own customers, but help vulnerable children all over the world. As a result this has a positive impact on the early childhood field all over the world, as this fund provides those who read this website how to rehabilitate children as referred to the resource I explained above. To name a few companies that support the Global Fund for Children are Nike, Johnson and Johnson and Catapult.
An insight that I gained from reading the next part of the publication was about child refugees in crisis and an alarming one in every two refugees worldwide is under the age of 18. Which means global displacement is at an all time high. As a result we can no longer ignore what is happening in this world we live in and we need to support funds such as the Global Fund for Children in their endeavours to help innocent children’s lives all over the world.