How to build a path to child protection
Find out how CCFC is involved in a global initiative to keep children safe from harm
By Mark Lukowski
CEO and child sponsor
The buzz has been building in our Paraguay office since Jorge Mendez Rheineck, our country office director in the South American country, recently travelled to New York to take part in a United Nations’ (UN) event accompanying his government’s delegation.
The main event was attended by Ban Ki-moon, the UN’s secretary general, and brought together world leaders, a celebrity ambassador and others to announce a partnership and fund geared toward ending violence against children. That coalition, End Violence Against Children – The Global Partnership, is supporting “Pathfinder” countries committed to fast-forwarding efforts to eradicate violence against children.
Paraguay is one of nine countries being put forward as a potential Pathfinder country, and Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is working towards helping the country’s government in that quest. The path has been set for some exciting new road maps to ensure children are kept safe, and I’m excited CCFC can be involved.
The new partnerships stem from Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) ratified by the UN last fall. The 17 goals, include SDG 16. 2, a mandate to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and violence against children. To find out more about how CCFC is working with partner organizations, as a member of ChildFund Alliance, to protect children from early, forced marriage, child labour and other harmful situations, visit freefromviolence.org.