World Children's Day
The international day for the rights of children and adolescents celebrates the date when the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the Assembly General of the United Nations in New York. This was on 20 November 1989.
Today, 194 countries, that is to say almost all the countries in the world, have ratified the convention with the exception of the United States. The Convention is a legal tool and a frame of reference for any effort made over the last fifty years to defend the rights of children and it comprises 54 articles.
Our Foundation was created in 2007 to protect and promote the rights of minors worldwide. We began in the north of India by helping to build the Tibetan Children's Villages. We still have vivid memories of the first time we met Jetsun Pema, the sister of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama.
There is still so much left to do. Because, beyond the days of celebration, instances of denied rights, political repression, racial discrimination, malnutrition, exploitation, war, violence, disease, poverty, lack of schools, hospitals and, sometimes, lack of everything, are often all too real, wherever you are in the world. The world spins and, for millions of people and, above all, children, it spins around extreme difficulty. Lightening the burden created by such difficulty is possible through small actions every day. This is what our Foundation stands for. Whoever wishes to help us help is welcome. For every child, every right.
Children at the Amakpape school in Togo, built by Cuori Grandi onlus, with a contribution from the Costa Family Foundation