On November 20, 1989, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. Unanimously! This was the first time in our history that states unanimously adopted a text on human rights. We all agree, we have a common goal: to achieve full rights for all children.
On November 20, 2008, we founded Humanium based on this ideal and this vision of a better and more just world for all.
On November 20, 2018, 10 years later, we see an improvement in the situation of children around the world that we can be proud of. Humanium has participated in this global effort and has developed into a professional international organisation that is recognised and appreciated worldwide and that demonstrates a unique added value.
And yet, we are far from being able to relax our efforts and the urgency of today’s challenges cannot wait. It is already very late to act – this is our last chance. It is no longer a question of hope, it is an emergency.
Yes, children’s rights have been our passion for the last 10 years.
In 2018, we said YES TO EDUCATION and YES TO HEALTH in a stronger, more impactful way and with a solid foundation for future expansion.
Our operational partners are strong. In India, Hand in Hand was singled out by the Indian President for sending 300,000 children to school rather than being forced to work or being married at a young age. Humanium is also partly responsible for this change, thanks to the support of our donors, volunteers and all those who contribute to our actions. In Rwanda, our unique approach has become implemented more broadly and has demonstrated its potential to end violence in childhood.
We believe that the basis for action is a positive and strong mindset, in order to allow children to develop resilience and to enable them to play an active part in their community so they can better address current and future challenges by reaching out to other children and other young people through the potential they develop in our workshops.
As human rights defenders, children are increasingly being given a voice and we support them tirelessly all over the world, because together we are stronger!