Nov 2018

World Children’s Day

Posted by Ethiopiaid on Sunday 18th November 2018

November 20 marks an important day across the globe – World Children’s Day. Established in 1954, World Children’s Day promotes togetherness, awareness and improvement for children’s welfare worldwide – something that every person no matter their age, location or position can play a part in.

Today we’d like to share the words of UN Secretary-General António Guterres on the importance of children and the need to make their welfare a worldwide priority.  

Dear young people, the future of our planet… the future peace of our world… is in your hands. I am sorry to say that, try as we might, we adults are letting you down.

Millions of girls and boys like you are in danger, and we are letting them down.

They are fleeing deadly conflicts. They are going hungry, or without the medicine they need. They are separated from their parents. Or making long, dangerous journeys to safety.

…Many are being bullied online or in school. Or suffer from discrimination because of their religion, the colour of their skin, or their ethnicity. And so often, they are victims of violence or exploitation at the hands of adults.

All this is completely unacceptable.

…Every child has a right to a safe, healthy, peaceful childhood and to develop to their full potential.

The future of the world is in children’s hands. But we can never forget that children’s futures are in our hands. There is no greater responsibility. No more important job.

And no better pathway to a better, healthier, more peaceful world for every person… every family… and every child.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres (2017)

Group of young school children in Ethiopia


Safeguarding our children’s futures is one of our foremost commitments at Ethiopiaid and we are proud to partner with leading, local organisations in Ethiopia who are committed to protecting and improving the livelihoods of children. Our top priorities are to:

  • Promote quality education for vulnerable, impoverished or orphaned children

  • Provide the basic necessities such as safe shelter, food and medical care to orphaned and vulnerable children

  • Support children living with disabilities to access rehabilitation and resources for improved quality of life

  • Treat children who have been attacked by the preventable yet destructive facial infectious disease called Noma

  • Protect girls from harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation through awareness and education

  • Help girls complete their education by providing resources to manage menstruation so they are not forced to skip schooling

  • Protect adolescent girls from gender based violence through the provision of protection, support and rehabilitation services

For more information on our work both with children and also more widely in Ethiopia, check out the “Our Work” page. 


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