Our model is based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 183 countries have agreed that all children on all continents have these same fundamental rights. If children receive all 12 of these rights, they can reach their full potential.
You can ensure children receive all of these rights. Learn how to activate the 12 Rights of the Child in this video.
In order to have a great children’s home, we rely on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 183 countries have agreed that all children on all continents have these same fundamental rights.
There are 12 rights that pertain to children living in institutions, and we work every day to make sure that children get these 12 rights. If children get all 12 of these rights, they can reach their full potential.
And so the rights are:
- They have the right to live with their parents or relatives, if possible.
If they’re in an institution and they have two parents or a parent that can care for them, they must be resettled with their families.
- They have the right to a stable, loving, nurturing environment.
Who cares for them, who’s with them consistently—and is that person trained?
- They have the right to healthcare and nutrition.
Have they been vaccinated? Are they getting proper nutrition? Are they getting the right calories?
- They have the right to clean water and electric power.
- They have the right to a quality education.
It’s not just about literacy. It’s about reading, writing, and arithmetic.
- They have the right to equal opportunities.
That means girls have the same rights as boys. Children in one country have the same rights as children in another country.
- They have the right to guidance from a caring adult.
I love this one. This is about someone that’s there every day nudging them, moving them in the right directions, watching their behavior, being aware of what they did yesterday and what they want them to do tomorrow—guidance.
- They have the right to be heard and participate in decisions that affect them.
You can imagine most children living in orphanages are told what to eat, they’re told what to wear, they’re told what time to go to bed, what time to wake up. They are given no choices.
- They have the right to be prepared for active and responsible citizenship.
Most children living in institutions don’t have a birth certificate. They don’t have a Social Security Number or a PAN number or an identification number that is going to enable them to be part of society and vote one day. They also have to have access to newspapers and news and know what kind of government they have.
- They have the right to be protected against abuse and neglect.
It’s critical. You can imagine children raised in institutions are subject to all kinds of abuse—not just sexual, not just physical, but neglect.
- Children have the right to live in conditions of dignity and freedom.
I’m haunted by the way children in some of these institutions are living. We wouldn’t let our animals live the way some of these children are living… in some of the bedrooms that these kids have to go to sleep in every night. They have the right to live in conditions of dignity and cleanliness and freedom.
- And finally, they have the right to spiritual development.
I mean the right to have a moral compass, the right to know what ethics are, how to make right decisions. So what do they believe in, and who is teaching them?
All children on all continents have these same fundamental rights, the same 12 rights. And what we want to do is, not only show you how to measure each one of these 12 rights, but how to activate each one of these 12 rights in your children’s home.
We’re going to give you real, practical nuts-and-bolts ways to improve the standards of your homes.
So for example, for healthcare and nutrition: You’ll measure the height and weight of each one of your children and the hemoglobin of each one of your children and measure them over time. And that way you’ll know if they’re getting the right nutrition. You’ll know if they been dewormed… if they’re getting the right vaccinations and booster shots.
That’s just one example of one of the 12 rights that we can help you activate in your orphanages through this series of videos. And—like I said—if you give kids these 12 rights, they can reach their full potential and that is what this is all about.