20 years ago, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was signed by 77 UN member states. Today, the International Catholic Child Bureau (Bice) calls for a renewal of the global mobilization towards childhood. Heart’s Home shares this concern and rallies to this appeal.
There are children who can no longer smile.
There are children who are alone in the world.
There are children who are reduced to eating earth and garbage to ease their hunger.
There are children who are sold.
There are children who are used as playthings by wealthy people.
There are ten-year-old children who are given weapons.
There are children who are tortured.»
Heart’s Home mission and Charter are based on this statement and the Bice has acknowkedged these facts as well:
«4. Unfortunately, subscribed engagements are still very far from being respected worldwide (…) 5. Child soldiers, children working in hazardous and dangerous conditions, children abused, raped, objects of all forms of violence, children obliged to flee incessantly away with or without their family due to wars, famines, natural disasters, children abandoned and rejected by all, forced to live in the street, “sorcerers” children, without education, without a country, with no papers...(...) It is urgent to act.».
According to the Bice, this appeal is aimed at states, families, religious leaders, various media and anyone that would feel concern with the happiness of children. They are invited to consider each child in his entire reality. A child is a human being who is born, raised and blossoms within a family. Granting a special attention to families is crucial as they are meant to be their first teachers in life. It is necessary to help the families through concrete means and implementations, to support them, to highlight their role so that they can better fulfill their duty.
The states must not replace families. Not only it is unrealistic, it would also be harmful and counterproductive for the development of a child. The states should instead sensibilize the families to the human rights and educate them in this way. This should be led not by being moralistic or condescending but rather by encouraging initiatives and adopting a considerate attitude inspired by good manners.
Beside growing up in a family, a child builds up his personnality in a country and according to a cultural background. This environment has thus to be valued to let the child develop himself harmoniously. But everything has to be done, in turn, so that the child realizes he is also accountable for his actions to his parents, his educators, his country. It is important not to turn the child into a «little king». This would be denying the fact that he is a responsible being, someone able to endorse his responsabilities in accordance with his age and personal abilities.
It is definitely important not to forget the spiritual dimension of the child, which is the main cause of his eminent dignity. A child must be given the opportunity to achieve all his potentialities, and first of all to reach a total commitment. In fact, the human being is above all a relationship being. In addition to his relationship with the others, the necessary relationship with God has to be recognized.
Concrete measures must be implemented in order to abide by all the previous commitments undertaken by the international community. Heart’s Home organization is fully involved in world appeal to a new mobilization for childhood.
Heart’s Home missionaries daily discover through their experience that children are an incomparable source of wealth. They are our masters thanks to their genuine look over the world: a fascinated look, full of hope in the future. The innocence, the capacity to love in gratuity and to trust are incredible ressources a child can offer.
Each child represents the future of the world, it would be criminal to hurt them. The Heart’s Home Movement is a response to this million of children’s call. Even today, this call has to question us, and make us act!