Universal Children’s Day

Universal Children’s Day

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated on 20 November every year to promote children’s welfare and highlight their rights. The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.

In 1989 the Convention on the Rights of the Child was ratified and since then has been adopted by the majority of UN member states.  The Rights of the Child changed the way children are viewed and treated – providing them with a distinct set of rights, describing what a child needs to survive, grow and live up to their potential in the world. They apply to every child, no matter where they come from. The unprecedented acceptance of the Convention shows a global commitment to advancing children’s rights.

Children playing

Ecologia celebrates its own Anniversary on 20 November each year, to honour our commitment to advance the rights of all children. In this our 20th Anniversary year, we are celebrating Universal Children’s Day with a special dinner event in the Findhorn Community.

The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. – Secretary-General United Nations, Ban Ki-moon

Children in every country, culture and society level face abuse, neglect, exploitation or violence, much of which is legal and or socially approved in many countries.

Wherever we work we support those partners who offer a loving and secure environment in which each child is respected and valued, where every child can grow up, explore their potential and receive a quality education and any medical care needed. Read more about the children and young people in our care below.

Beatrice – Kenya – The Kithoka Amani Children’s Home

BeatriceBeatrice’s mother died when she was a baby and she grew up with her father, who later remarried. Beatrice was unhappy with her step mother’s care and went to live with her grandfather. After some time her grandfather employed a young man who was mentally ill and who tried to rape Beatrice several times. This wasn’t safe for Beatrice and she moved to live with a woman in the community while she was waiting for Amani to open its doors. Beatrice completed High School whilst living at Amani and then successfully undertook some hairdressing and salon training. Her dream is to open her own hair salon.

Oksana – Russia – Kitezh & Orion’s Children’s Community

OksanaOksana came to Kitezh in 2011 when she was eight to live with her foster parents Sergey and Zhenya, who both teach in the Kitezh school. Oksana has an older foster sister Olga, and brother Sasha who also came to Kitezh from Russian orphanages. In the beginning, Oksana was so shy she could barely look anyone in the eye. Her sister Olga gently befriended her, her brother protected her, and her mother and father patiently waited for her to feel safe enough to open up to them. Now aged twelve, Oksana is a very gentle and sociable young girl who loves drawing and acting in the Kitezh drama programme.

Purity – Uganda – Sky’s the Limit Children’s Centre

PurityPurity, aged 10 and HIV+ lives with her grandmother and attends Sky Is the Limit School. Her grandmother can’t always afford to feed her, causing problems with her medication and exacerbating the affects of her illness. She used to miss school once or twice a week because she was too weak to attend. We fund school meals for all the children at Sky Is The Limit School, which reduces malnutrition, supports weight gain and improves attendance and concentration in class all contributing to healthier and happier children.

My doctor says I’m much improved as I don’t get sick as often. My grandmother is very happy these days because am not getting sick and not disturbing her with transport fares to the clinic as I used to do and am helping her with the house work, I have now gained weight, I feel more healthy and I have improved in performance in class, my teachers are happy too and am happy too…!, thank you so much for proving us with school meals.

By making a donation or joining our child sponsorship scheme, we invite you to support us in enabling disadvantaged children to fulfil their potential.

So, join us on November 20th in celebration of children – and donate here to support children in our care.

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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.