1989 was an important year for child rights. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20th November of that year. It is the most widely signed treaty in the world but it is also, arguably, the most poorly implemented international agreement.
In the same year ChildHope was founded, with support from UNICEF and others, to protect street children around the world.
What has ChildHope achieved in two decades?
We have supported thousands of street children - children living and working on the streets of cities - in Africa, Asia and South America and also worked to stop them getting there in the first place. We have also achieved remarkable successes, as depicted on the BBC this week. Increasingly, we have focused on preventing violence and injustice against the most vulnerable children on the streets but also in prisons, in schools, in homes and within communities. Addressing the root causes of child poverty and violence is the only way to stop harm to children in the long-run So please support us to make children's rights a reality within the next 20 years.