Our mission is to improve the lives of orphaned children worldwide by ensuring that each one can enjoy the rights guaranteed them by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. including dignity, movement, social security, and property.
Our project is concerned with orphan’s rights. Orphans living in orphanages are deprived of their rights of dignity, movement, property, law(6), and social security. The right of dignity states that everyone should be treated in the same way as everyone else, however by being contained in an orphanage this is not the case. Law (6) says that nobody should be left out, and if you do not have a family to provide you with the things that everyone else has you may not be able to do the same things as they do. The next human right which is breached if you are an orphan is movement. This states that we should all be able to express and possess nationality as we wish, however, this is restricted as orphans may be removed from their home countries and communities in order to find care, therefore restricting the ability to fulfill this particular right. Property in the form of clothing and objects as a right is restricted if you are an orphan due to the fact that in an orphanage there may be restrictions on what you are allowed to own. Social Security – The final major human right that is breached says that humans should be able to build a good life for themselves, but orphans often struggle to attend university and gain job experience or other life skills, which can lead to a struggle with homelessness and other social-security damage.
UNICEF estimates that there are between 143-210 million orphans worldwide. If there was a country of orphans, it would be between 5th and 8th in rankings among the most populated countries of the world. These numbers do not include unregistered abandonment as well as sold and/or trafficked children, but simply defines an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents.Orphanages are responsible for the education and care of the children that live in them, and often become associated with a low standard of care. Much of the time, they have a reputation of being structured like barracks, with a lack of mental health and support services, poor food, and insufficient funding. Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but 14,505,000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age 16 and of this number 60% of the girls become prostitutes and 70% of the boys become involved in criminal acts.
The US has taken steps towards orphan’s rights following WWII. In Chicago, for example, more than one half of the orphanages have been shut down and the orphans who would be in the orphanages now live in foster care organizations or residential treatment centers like group home or boarding school environments. The orphans need help around the world to insure that they are granted the rights that all humans deserve.
Mission and Objectives
Our mission is to improve the lives of orphaned children worldwide by ensuring that each one can enjoy the rights guaranteed them by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. including dignity, movement, social security, and property. Accordingly, our objectives are to support legislation to further incentivize adoption, especially by ethnic and linguistic minority families who could take in minority children to prevent traumatizing cultural disconnect.
Additional objectives include improvement of the foster screening process to ensure that orphaned children enter into loving, stable homes, and to widen the range of possible families for adoption to include, for example, same-sex couples in areas where they are not permitted.
Activities can vary on a local level, and may include:
Sponsored group runs or similar events
Social media awareness campaigns
The initiative will involve politicians, local government, representatives from agencies that are advocates for orphan’s rights, government constituents, and the orphaned children themselves
Who do we need help from?
Partners may include the North American Council on Adoptable Children, UNICEF, The Adolescent and Children’s Trust, Public Service Advertising, Parents and Children Together. These organizations provide useful resources and support for the project, though direct collaboration will not always occur.
Mission & Objectives: (Jonah, Philip and Jade)
· Aim/Guiding question for our project
Background: (Zoe, Sam and Brittany)
· Background info on orphans and rights of children
· Research the above
· Create a story/explanation on why this project is important and why the decision maker should care
· Knowing the budget and resources required to start project
Money & material donations
· Fundraisers: research/gather contacts for possible speakers
· Research and determine individuals or organization:
- Local support from whom we can get support
- Local political figures and policymakers
· Facebook page
Project Manager: (Jonah, Zoe, Sam and Haley)
· Coordinate efforts to create and utilize project materials
Presenters: (Julia, Brianna, Jade)
· Present project idea to rest of students at GAT Presentation
· Have a speech prepared
· Video ready to be presented (Flash drive?)
Evaluation: (Jonah and Philip)
· Determine the success of the campaign and evaluate strengths and weaknesses
· Address concerns going forward
We will raise funds to support our efforts that require money and to purchase materials. The exact manner of fundraising and the appropriation of resources will vary on local and national levels.
The effectiveness of the project can be measured by the level of attention that it receives from policymakers. The actual passage of legislation is a long-term goal, but the project can be considered successful if it draws non-trivial attention to the issue of orphans’ rights from politicians and their constituents (possibly even leading to an increase in adoption rates of children)
We have created a promotional video to support the campaign