UNICEF champions children’s rights with commemorative events

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Unicef Philippines is holding two events this year to commemorate Typhoon Yolanda and the 25thanniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In photo are Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative for the Philippines (2nd from left), Zafrin Chowdhury, Unicef Chief for Communications and Private Fundaising and Partnership (1st from left), Grace Alejandrino, OIC Deputy Director, Council on the Welfare of Children (3rd from left) and Normina Mojica, Planning Officer for CWC

UN children’s agency UNICEF announces two commemorative events this November to bring to light the situation of children’s rights in the Philippines. The one year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda and the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) gives the country an opportunity to look back on the gains and challenges of growing up in a country facing multiple disasters, amidst a rapidly changing and socio-economic reality.

The CRC, the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, is focused on protecting and promoting children’s rights to survival, development, protection, and participation. Countries that have adopted the CRC—including the Philippines — are bound by its international laws and are required to always act in the best interest of children.

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Lotta Sylwander of UNICEF

“The Philippines made a set of promises to children when it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990. While more and more Filipino children are growing up happy and healthy, looking back on 25 years of progress reminds us what is still left to do and how the vision for Filipino children must shape up,” said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Representative in the Philippines.

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a day of smiles for the kids of gawad kalinga

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here is another way how we can spread the christmas cheer to less privileged kids, be part of carenival ~ a day of smiles for the kids of gawad kalinga.  read the press release below to know how you can help:

If you once loved carnivals as a kid {or still do until now}, share this delight to other children as Gawad Kalinga Quezon City (GKQC), in cooperation with The Expressions Company, brings Carenival, a day for the children of GKQC villages. This will be on December 15, 2013 {Sunday} at the Ateneo de Manila University MVP – Roof Deck from 10 am to 5pm.

Fun booths and a variety show will be setup to entertain more than 200 kids. Here are ways on how you can take part in this celebration of caring and sharing: Be a volunteer ate and kuya for a day! Everyone is welcome to meet and mingle with the kids. Bring your family and friends too! Donate in kind or in cash.

Feeling like you need to outgrow your fascination over you precious Care Bear set, Voltes V action figures, or Barbie doll collection already? Donate them and bring joy to the beneficiaries’ faces. Excess toy donations will also be sent to the kids in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda. Bring your toy donations on the event itself or leave them at UP Circle of Administrator’s designated drop-off points at UP Diliman NCPAG Lobby or UP Circa Tambayan, until December 13.

Cash donations are also welcome and will be used to provide more materials for the children. Be a volunteer performer. Are you a puppeteer, magician, balloon twister or any kind of kiddie party performer? Share your talent to the kids and be their heroes!

For more information +  to know more about the event and future bayanihan opportunities, you may keep in touch with Gawad Kalinga through any of the following:

Gawad Kalinga {GK} is an organization geared towards building a nation empowered by people with faith and patriotism; a nation made up of caring and sharing communities, dedicated to eradicating poverty and restoring human dignity. Gawad Kalinga espouses volunteerism and relies on able and willing nation- builders in carrying out its mandate. In line with the mission of ending poverty for 5 million families by 2024, GK Youth Quezon City {the youth development arm of GK QC} takes care of 87 communities in the city. The team contributes to community development and youth empowerment through organizing monthly builds, holding of workshops for developing the youth, and undertaking various community-building events. 

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