A chance to protect children from dangers of fleeing homeland
CCFC celebrates a $15.2-million project that will keep thousands of children safe from exploitation
By Dr. Douglas Ellenor
Chair and child sponsor
In Canada, I worry about my grandchildren walking to school without an adult. Meanwhile, in developing countries, many children and youth travel unsupervised beyond their hometown and even to other countries seeking a better life.
It’s hard to imagine children and youth feeling compelled to leave their family and friends to escape crime, violence, limited opportunities, social exclusion and more, but they do. Sadly, many migrate without understanding the dangers they can encounter and how they may be exploited.
It’s a scary situation, but I’m heartened Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, with the help of partners ChildFund International and Educo, will be working to find a solution for 125,000 children and youth in five countries.
The $15.2-million Children and Youth have Options to Fight Irregular Migration project was announced earlier this summer. It will target children and youth between the ages of six and 24 in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
Global Affairs Canada is contributing $12.6 million to the initiative. The goal is to improve access to and delivery of child-protection services, boost youth employment through improved job skills and encourage youth to lobby for their rights.
What better way to kick off the Canadian school year than to help more than 100,000 children — and 732,000 beneficiaries in all in more than 100 communities — reach their full potential? To learn more about this project, visit ccfcanada.ca.