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Words for October 17

Here, we propose you two documents.

In the first you will read words from children. They express about their rights, friendship, the difficult life caused by poverty, or their dreams.

In the second, you will discover words from young people and adults about everyday efforts, actions with and for children's rights.


Our dreams, our rights

"I wish that houses would be cheaper for poor people because there are many bugs in our house. I dream that all children can go on holiday to the sea with their families to have good memories after." (France)

"Studying is a right. Not being able to go to school is violence. Eating is a right. Hunger is violence."
(Tapori, Madagascar)

Chidren are actors

"I chose to learn a trade to help my family, mother and brothers who work in coal galleries. Thanks to this professional training, I would like to get away from the street." (Adil, Morocco)

We want to be friends with others; we don't wait for them to come to us, we go to the other children. Play together, talk with them, don't fight, share." (Hadjira, Mauritius Island)

Defend the rights of my children

"With Doña Telma, we lived in the same slum in Guatemala City. Her family's life being very difficult economically, she had never been able to go to school. Its precarious situation has had an impact on her children's schooling. But little by little, I saw her gain self-confidence.

Once, she went to sleep in front of the school: her youngest child had exceeded the age limit for studying in the corresponding class, so he was denied access to the school. Doña Telma kept insisting until the director came out and said, "Aren't you tired?" She replied, “Yes, I am tired, but I want my child to be able to study so that he can have a better life later. This strength she acquired, she can share it today with other fathers and mothers." (Guatemala)

Precarious environment means learning to give up

As a young child, you don't realize you come from a precarious background. From a certain age, you realize that your parents are trying to do everything they can for you, but that the situation is weighing them down.

In your teen years, when you go to friends' houses, it's hard to see that their parents don't have the same conversations as yours. That they don't have the same concerns. We at home talk about money problems. When I am at a friend's house, her mother tells us about the bird shows she has visited. Sometimes I feel bad and sad for my parents.

The main resource to overcome all this is your family, because they know what you're going through." (Switzerland)

When children make a difference

A man lived with his family in a small house made from mud. No one dared visit him.

One day during a Tapori children group meeting, one of them said: “I don’t think I can be at peace if my friends don’t sleep well. When we talk about the right to a home, I think about the neighboring children who don’t have a place to sleep.”

Through the support of the father of one of the children in the group, they offered to help repair the house. Shortly after, youth and parents joined in too. And with the support of the whole community, the house was built.

This man had found his place in his community once more, and with him the group of the "solidarity families" was born. (D.R. Congo)

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