Child Hope does not want to leave children and religious leaders on the sidelines of reconstruction
Publié le mercredi 10 février 2021, par Gabinho
Beyond religion, the Child Hope Association wants to rebuild with children. This is what this association demonstrated last weekend, by organizing a meeting between children and religious leaders of different religious denominations including the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the Catholic Church, the Church of the Assemblies of God, the Muslim faith in addition to certain civil society organizations (Sant’Egidio and ODOS). It was a question for the participants of this meeting to share around the restrictions caused by the coronavirus.
In the words of the President of Child Hope, Délali Akuvi Abalo, “For more than 30 years, we have celebrated every year, on World Children’s Day, the progress made in terms of education, health, of nutrition and protection in the world. Today, the death rate for children under five has declined by around 60% globally. The number of out-of-school children of primary school age has fallen by around 40%. But the COVID-19 pandemic has turned our daily lives upside down and accentuated inequalities, primarily affecting children, hidden victims of the pandemic. This is a real crisis in the rights of the child. Today, hundreds of millions of children are deprived of their potential in the face of the current health crisis. Hard-won progress in advancing children’s rights is more under threat than ever. It is no longer just a health crisis but a real crisis of the rights of the child. COVID-19 is causing appalling consequences for young people and children at all levels. " It was in these terms that he painted a picture of the strain to which the Covid-19 has come to subject the practice of children’s rights.
Following her intervention during this meeting, which received the support of Arigatou International, the head of Child Hope, noted that “the right to health is threatened. A 50% reduction in health services due to the pandemic could lead to nearly 200,000 additional stillbirths over a 12-month period in 117 low- and middle-income countries. Worse yet, thousands of children could die every day if the pandemic continues to weaken health systems and disrupt routine services. (Stillbirth occurs when a baby dies after 20 weeks of gestation, but before delivery. Spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, is called fatal death that occurs before 20 weeks.) " He did not ignore the "right to education".
According to his situation analysis, it is a right that "is being abused. Restrictions on movement and school closures have cut children off from their teachers, friends and communities. At least 24 million children around the world are at risk of dropping out of school and children in the poorest countries have lost nearly 4 months of schooling since the start of the pandemic. This puts them at increased risk of violence, abuse and exploitation, while at the same time "the right to well-being is undermined. The number of children living in multidimensional poverty has increased. Today, one in six children lives in extreme poverty. " For Child Hope, who intends to go beyond religion and think human, these realities bring us “at this critical moment in history, more than ever, we must remain united and mobilize ourselves so that the rights of the child are at the heart of all. the priorities. We must commit to reinventing a more equal, fairer and more sustainable future for every child. We must fight this fight together to put children first, because every child has the right to a childhood. For Child Hope, leading this fight together implies the participation of all religious denominations and of all actors in love with justice, and justice for children. Children need our support so that they can survive, thrive and achieve their dreams and their full potential. " He invited some and them to give children "the chance to become the adults the world will need".
In this dynamic, an emphasis is placed on interreligious dialogue. “With regard to interreligious dialogue, before an assembly of religious leaders representing the diversity of religions in Sri Lanka, Pope Francis affirmed that the effectiveness of the meeting and of the interreligious dialogue requires“ a complete and sincere presentation ”of the convictions. respective of each. It is on this condition, he indicated before adding that "we will be able to see more clearly all that we have in common", thus opening the way to "mutual esteem, cooperation and, certainly, a friendship ”. Very enthusiastic about the mobilization received by this initiative, the person in charge of Child Hope said he dared to believe that it is the beginning or better the reinforcement of a mutual esteem, a lasting cooperation and a disinterested friendship or then for the cause of the layers vulnerable, especially children. As a reminder, Child Hope is an organization that supports vulnerable and destitute children).