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“Years don’t wait for them”: 5 Things to Do Now to Protect Children’s Rights During Covid-19

By Zama Neff

Children in a favela in Rio de Janeiro

Children in a favela in Rio de Janeiro watch as a volunteer disinfects public areas during the Covid-19 pandemic, Brazil, April 20, 2020. © 2020 by Mauro Pimental/AFP via Getty Images

“It does not make me happy that my children are no longer going to school,” the mother of two preschool-age children in North Kivu, a conflict-affected region in the Democratic Republic of Congo, told us. “Years don’t wait for them. They have already lost a lot. . . . What will become of our uneducated children?”

Children around the world face an unprecedented threat to their human rights. Pandemic-related school closures have affected 1.5 billion students, placing children at immediate risk of labor exploitation, hunger, recruitment into armed groups, and, especially for girls, child marriage, and sexual violence. Two decades of gains in reducing child labor and increasing school enrollment are under threat. Read More

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Covenant House Meets Vulnerability with Care

By Amber Cortes

Milbia weaving

Ana, a former resident of La Alianza in Guatemala, has successfully reintegrated with her family and is now practicing traditional weaving to earn income. Photo: Covenant House.

Covenant House is one of the oldest and largest charities in America dedicated to helping children and youth overcome homelessness and trafficking.  Though its roots are in Catholic social justice teaching, Covenant House serves all young people regardless of their backgrounds, religions, and beliefs.

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Mark Dasco, Director of Program Delivery Support for ChildFund International

By Joanne Lu

Mark DascoMark Dasco says that growing up in a poor family in a “far-flung village” in the Philippines taught him first-hand the realities of deprivation, exclusion, and vulnerabilities, but it also showed him just how resilient children and communities can be. But just because they are resilient doesn’t mean they should have to be.

Dasco is now the Director of Program Delivery Support for ChildFund International, and he works with country office teams around the world to implement strong core programs that advance the rights of children to education, survival, development, participation and protection. But throughout his decades-long career, he’s remained grounded in his home country, where his career began and where he continues to live.

As a child, Dasco says his parents always pushed him to study, because they saw education as the key to success and getting out of poverty. So when he started his career, he decided to become a high school teacher. He spent three years teaching English literature, world literature, Philippine literature, and world history. But after a couple years, a friend convinced him to apply for a position with a child sponsorship organization. He thought his main responsibility would be translating children’s letters to their sponsors into English. But to his surprise, when he got the job, he was assigned to a remote village to facilitate child-centered community development. There, he helped marginalized families organize and mobilize to promote their rights, demand the basic services they deserved, and participate in and benefit from development programs.

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Statement from Global Washington Executive Director, Kristen Dailey, on the passing of Bill Gates Sr.

September 16, 2020

Bill Gates Sr. holding the Global Hero award, presented by Global Washington on December 10, 2015.

Bill Gates Sr. holding the Global Hero award, presented by Global Washington on December 10, 2015.

My deepest condolences go out to the Gates family this week and in the days to come. Bill Gates Sr. was instrumental in the founding of Global Washington nearly 14 years ago. In fact, our founding Board Chair, Bill Clapp, met with him around a dinner table, together with Akhtar Badshah, who was then leading Microsoft Philanthropies, to muse about the growing significance of global development expertise in the Seattle area. Centering and promoting global health and development became the mission of Global Washington thanks to the support of visionaries such as Bill Gates Sr. Ours is just a small part of the enormous legacy he leaves behind in our community and around the world.

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