World Children’s Day is a day of reflection for everyone on how much we’ve invested in our children. The evaluation is key to assessing how far we can go for our children. Children all over the world are making an impact on the lives of people in different ways. When we come to our part of the world we can’t boost so much about the positive impact children are making. This is due to a lack of resources and a culture of silence. Every child is expected to be quiet, reserved and easily to be manipulated. All these characters are not so bad for a child but what have we gained so far: timid and indecisive children all in the name of instilling respect.
This year’s celebration focuses on a better future for every child. We always say the future is bright. It can only be said in confidence when we look at the people about to replace us in future. The indiscrimination and inequality towards children are appalling. We might not see now but the many things we complain about today in the system boils down to the investment made during the early stage of life. So we cannot reap prosperity when we’ve sown indiscrimination all this while. The few children we can educate cannot challenge the illiteracy we’re brewing on the street. This is why Starlight Foundation will always come forward for street children, the girl child and the disabled. In our numerous projects, we’ve showcased how important the development of children is to us. This is seen in our TEACH THEM YOUNG initiative. We’re raising leaders who are decisive and knowledgeable about their surroundings. There is no age limit for gaining knowledge and for children, the most crucial stage of their lives is when we can control their thinking and abilities. We’ve also established that even though we invest so much in infrastructure and amenities, the real threat of nation-building lies on the street. Street-connected children cannot be scapegoats for our poor ways of governance. As a foundation, we’ve been drawn to their plights in our YENHOHIA advocacy initiative. As we celebrate this year’s world children’s day, it’s a remembrance that we’ve eliminated some children when it comes to the right of every child. The right to education, shelter, health and dignity are just mere words on paper. The actual happenings on the grounds depict that everything we say is a lie. We would rather write on a paper and take applauds than get down to implementation where the results benefit all of us.
As we’re in the face of building a better future for every child, Starlight Foundation draws inspiration from the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs. Self-actualization is only achieved when basic needs such as food, shelter and clothes are in existence. This is why we encourage you to be part of the biggest street festival of the year. We’re feeding over 1000 street children in yet another ‘Let’s Feed the Street Together’. We showing our care and determination to provide a better future for all including street-connected children. It’s also to carry the message across onlookers that we all have a stake in how we want to see our children become. If it’s a better future we seek, then we need to do more.
YENHOHIA-WE MATTER TOO
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