We have made strides in the fight against childhood poverty. We have certainly come a very long way from 10 years ago. Yet, I was taken back to the days of yester-year in a very recent conversation with my American counterpart about the work that the Foundation does for children in the Caribbean. My first and immediate reaction was to respond defensively with what seems to be my chorus: “All children should have access to education, healthcare and a safe environment, regardless of place of birth and financial position.” Then a weary feeling came over me. I paused in my conversation to settle my escalating blood pressure and to avoid myself from becoming too annoyed and risk losing yet another friendship because of my passion for helping those whom I don’t even know on a personal level.
The point that I am trying to get across is that a child, is a child, regardless of his place of birth, his religion, the color of his skin or his financial position. A child in Africa requires the same for existence as a child in Northern America. The rights of the child in the Caribbean are no different than the rights of a child in Asia. The distance between the regions of the world has shrunk due to technology and we must continue to foster caring relationships that the closeness of our neighbors require for harmonious living. We are global citizens and our future is in the hands of the children of our world. We must care for them and ensure that their rights as citizens of the world are upheld. #TheRightToEducation #TheRightToCleanWater #TheRightToPlay