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Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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Rajashekar has cerebral palsy and follows a tailor-made exercise regime. During regular visits to his home, his Rehabilitation Therapy Assistant (RTA) shows his family how to support him with this. (India)

November 2014. As we mark the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), let's remember our vision: we build an inclusive world for all children with disabilities to enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

Children must be protected

When it comes to children who are vulnerable due to their disabilities, we have a responsibility to safeguard their protection.

During crisis, we provide support for those in needs. During the summer 2014, we supported our partner Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children (ASDC) in Gaza with our programme "Early Psycho-social Intervention for at Risk Deaf Children and their Families in the Gaza Strip". Read the story of Abdul-Allah, 13 years old.
The Article 23 of the Convention states: "States Parties recognise that a mentally or physically disabled child should enjoy a full and decent life, in conditions which ensure dignity, promote self-reliance and facilitate the child's active participation in the community."

Children should go to school

Through our Education programmes, CBM is expanding and improving our work by promoting inclusive education in low and middle income countries.

Women and girls with a disability face triple discrimination, being female, having a disability and being among the poorest of the poor (United Nations Population Fund 2005 - Promoting Gender Equality). Read how our CBM advisor Sian Tesni discusses various approaches to ensure the inclusion of girls with disabilities in education. 

"Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential" (UNICEF website).

Children should have access to healthcare

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Felix from Kenya is 10 years old, he had bi-lateral cataract, in addition to other impairments.
Felix is 10 years old, he lives in Kenya. He had bi-lateral cataract in addition to other impairments. At the age of seven, Felix developed cataracts in both eyes and was effectively blind in with only some light perception. The family took him to various hospitals for help, in addition to seeing traditional healers. He was then referred to a CBM partner hospital for examination and surgery.

His family did not have to pay for the cataract treatment that he received and the transport to the hospital was also free of charge for them. “Before his surgery, he could not read or count. But he can now. He is now able to see well and can see far” says his father.

CBM and the Child Protection

Child and adults-at-risk Safeguarding at CBM

What CBM does to protect, defend and uphold the rights of vulnerable people with disabilities in low income countries



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