I’m writing this post from the other side of the ocean, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. I’m privileged to be a member of the WEF’s Forum of Young Global Leaders, who very generously invited us to attend this year’s Davos meeting. Surrounded by people who have brought about revolutionary changes and progress all around the world, I thought what better place to kick-off our campaign to raise awareness for what we believe are the most fundamental twelve rights of a child, in particular when it comes to the needs and rights of orphan children.
During a panel in Davos, Former Vice President, Al Gore talked about the crucial role his mother played in creating an environment that enabled him to thrive – which is just one of the 12 rights.
At the Miracle Foundation, we’ve honed in on twelve fundamental rights of children, which were inspired by the 40+ rights articulated in the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Everything we do at The Miracle Foundation is driven by these twelve rights and our mission to ensure all the orphan children in our care are able to realize their rights.
Over the coming months we will take a look at each of the twelve rights individually but first, here’s an overview of the full list:
1. The Right to Live in a Family Environment
Every child lives in a family, either with their parents or in an attachment-based, family styled environment while experiencing a sense of belonging.
2. The Right to a Stable, Loving and Nurturing Environment
Every child is given the opportunity to experience attachment with his or her caregiver through a stable, loving and nurturing family environment.
3. The Right to Healthcare & Nutrition
Every child receives high-quality medical attention; is taught good health and hygiene habits, and is provided nutritious, delicious food at every meal.
4. The Right to Clean Water, Electrical Power, and Safe Environment
Every child receives consistent access to clean water and electrical power in a safe environment.
5. The Right to a Quality Education
Every child receives quality education appropriate to their abilities and interests, supplemental enrichment programs, and will have access to higher education and/or vocational training.
6. The Right to Equal Opportunities
Every child receives the same opportunities regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, origin, economic status, religion, creed and/or handicapping condition.
7. The Right to Guidance from a Caring Adult
Every child is actively supported by caring, trained adults who are invested in the child’s success.
8. The Right to be Heard and Participate in Decisions that Affect Them
Every child has the right to express their views freely in all matters affecting them. They are encouraged to develop and express independent thought.
9. The Right to be Prepared for Active and Responsible Citizenship
Every child is taught responsibility, a sense of community, and given the opportunity to give back.
10. The Right to be Protected from Abuse and Neglect
Every child receives effective protection from harmful influences, abuse (physical & mental), neglect, corporal punishment and all forms of exploitation.
Additionally, every child is provided opportunities to make complaints to an identifiable third party. Those caring for children are trained and given appropriate discipline techniques.
11. The Right to Dignity and Freedom
Every child is treated with respect and lives in adequate conditions with sufficient belongings that foster a sense of dignity and freedom.
12. The Right to Spiritual Development
Every child is provided opportunities to develop a religious affiliation that promotes spirituality and moral development.
Do you support these rights? If so, please help us spread the word by sharing this post – because they are the rights of every child in the world.
Much love & gratitude,
Founder, The Miracle Foundation