All Children Count, But Not All Children Are Counted: Your Voice Helps

20.09.16

How your voice helps

Children in orphanages and institutions are deprived of a loving family. They are hidden and voiceless.  They are often harmed, abused or exploited.  At Lumos, we work to bring these children out of the shadows and into the light. We support them to bring their stories to the attention of politicians and officials. We campaign to ensure that policies that have an impact on children are as good as they can be.  First and foremost, we campaign to ensure that no child living in an institution or orphanage, or is at risk of living in one, is left behind.

What if no one knew who you were?

Gregor doesn’t know how old he is, because his birth was never registered. Without his birth certificate his health, education and well-being are not being monitored by any government. No one is making sure that Gregor gets the proper care that he needs, and no one is making sure that he is happy. Without a birth certificate, Gregor is left behind.

What if no one knew where you were?

Eva lives in a big building in the countryside with lots of other children. They are all dressed the same and their hair is cut short. Lots of children of all different ages sleep in the same room, eat at the same times, and do the same things with their days. Eva does not know where the big building is, and she never leaves the grounds, which have high walls. No cars ever drive past, and no one comes to visit. When no one knows where she is, Eva is left behind.

What if no one could hear you?

Max is 15 and has lots of ideas. However, he sometimes has difficulty expressing himself, and needs support to do this. Because of this, some people treat Max as if he has nothing to say and his opinions do not count. This means Max is unable to speak up for himself when something bad is happening and he is in need of help. When he is not listened to, Max is left behind.

What if there was no place for you in the classroom?

Alina is 12, and has disabilities. She requires special support at school to learn well. But Alina’s school do not have the facilities to support her. This means there is no place for Alina in her classroom, and she cannot learn alongside her peers. When she is not welcome in the classroom, Alina is left behind.

What if your parents were tricked into giving you away?

Eder is six years old and his parents are too poor to send him to school or take him to the doctors when he is sick.  A man comes to the village and tells Eder’s parents to give him their child, who will live in an orphanage where there is a school and a doctor.  But at the orphanage there is not enough food, no school and Eder is beaten when he cries and says he wants to go home.  Eder’s parents try to visit him, but the man gave them a false address for the orphanage.  They spend years trying to find him; they go to the government to ask for help, but the government does not even know the orphanage exists.  Eder sees children disappear from the orphanage every week.  He is frightened one day it will be his turn.  When he has been trafficked by a criminal, Eder is left behind.

You can help us make sure that the children’s stories are heard. join our call to:
 
  • Ensure that children living outside of households and/or without parental care are counted;
  • Improve methodologies to ensure that no children will be left behind.

Visit our campaign page to find out more, get involved today and help us make sure that all children are counted. 

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