The day of the child celebrated with great fanfare in Haiti

UNICEF Representative giving a certificate to a parent

Port-au-Prince, November 21, 2017 – The highest authorities in the country were present  to celebrate the Children’s Day, the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Haiti. UNICEF, the Haitian government and local and international organizations have renewed the promise of creating a protective environment for the well-being of Haiti’s children.

The First lady holding a child

For this November 20th, the national theme is “YON FANMI POU CHAK TIMOUN” (A family for every child). The main activity of the day was the presentation of the certificate of accreditation for 76 host families. (49 will be newly accredited, and 27 will be renewed).

Among the personalities present, the First Lady of the Republic, Mrs. Martine Moïse; the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor, Mrs. Stéphanie Auguste; the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mrs. Régine Lamur; the Director of the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR), Mrs. Arielle Jeanty Villedrouin; UNICEF Representative in Haiti, Mr. Marc Vincent and Terre des Hommes representative / Lausanne, Mrs. Iceland Georges Cadet. We must also talk about the presence of children and key players in child protection in Haiti.

The anniversary of the CRC

“At UNICEF, this November 20th is also the most important day for the entire organization. For it celebrates the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We hope that this day will not only be a celebration, but that it will touch hearts and consciences with the goal of changing the situation of vulnerable children across the country, “said Mr. Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti.

He further congratulated the families participating in this program. “Today, UNICEF and its partners are committed to following up on these new accredited families, defending the process of ‘’de-institutionalization’’, and hope that more children in institutions, or children who are victims of other vulnerabilities are placed in a warm home, “he continued.

A young IBESR ambassador, Habrana Brizard, insisted on respecting all children’s rights without exception. “I’m not too young to learn that the challenges are big. However, I learned that life is a struggle, so fighting for what is good is an obligation, “she told the audience.

Identification of children, a crucial step

In her speech, Mrs. Martine Moïse, said that the accreditation of these host families is part of a significant advance. She took the opportunity to congratulate these families “who have agreed to give their time, their comforting presence, their love to participate validly in the integral and harmonious evolution of the children who need it”.

The First Lady thus recalled the importance of identifying children at birth, particularly through the ” konte m, mwen konte ” initiative in hospitals. “It decreases the risk of being trafficked and other forms of exploitation. Pyès ti moun pa dwe pitimi san gado (no child should be raised alone), “she said, pointing out that the President of the Republic, his Excellency, Mr. Jovenel Moïse, has the ambition that all children have a number and that they will be raised in a family as this will make family safety and child protection programs more effective.

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