Newsletter February 2015

International projects

Laxmi, Anand, Narisimma, Ramakrishna, Korlayya, Akhila, Ganagalla et Salomi now have sponsors !
CCI’s Sponsorship Programme continues to expand: many new sponsors have joined CCI during the past few weeks, making it possible for their sponsored children in India to continue their studies.  

For only $40 a month, you can directly and effectively sponsor a child by ensuring that he/she has access to a quality education.   

If you are interested or if you know someone who might be drawn by the sponsorship idea, you might wish to check our website or contact us directly.
53 young women freed from sex trade since the beginning of the year
Photo credits : Rescue Foundation
Our partner, the Rescue Foundation, continues to rescue young girls from Indian brothels. Since early January, in only one and a half months, 53 victims were freed, of which many were minors.  On January 27, a single rescue operation was able to liberate 39 sex traffic victims at one time.  Many traffickers and bordello managers were also arrested with the help of the Police.
Photo credits : Rescue Foundation
Art-therapy workshops in Thailand
Our Thai partner, the Foundation for Child Development (FCD), continues to hold its art-therapy workshops to help child labourers deal with such subjects as violence and exploitation.  These therapy sessions are also a good vehicle to inform working children about their rights.  It must be said that art-therapy is a rather modernist idea in Thailand, and several other organisations admit they are inspired by FCD’s methods.

Projects in Canada

Workshops to highight International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers
In order to increase the focus on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers on February 12, CCI led five workshops to sensitize students from Fourth to Sixth grade to the plight of child soldiers around the world.  The Georges Dor Library in Longueuil, and the Greenfield Park Library opened their doors to CCI so that we could lead some workshops to sensitize the young.  The facilitators also read, with the children, extracts from the book Le journal de guerre d’Emilio  (Emilio’s war diary) by André Jacob, with a foreword by Roxana Robin, Founder of CCI.  The young audience exploded in questions, and some classes even expressed the wish to do something concrete to support child soldiers in various parts of the world.
CCI's Literary Contest
It is not too late to participate in this contest!    Young and old, whatever your age or background, you can send us your composition texts up until April 15.  There are quite a few prizes!  Younger writers are invited to describe a person they consider as their role model, who has encouraged them to take action so as to improve the world in which we live.  Adults are asked to explain if, in their view, our society has reached equality between women and men by giving examples taken from their own personal life.  Please consult our website for more details on this competition.
International Development Week (February 1-7)
CCI participated in celebrating International Development Week (IDW) by promoting five graphic novels conceived around the week’s theme: “We are making a difference.” The cartoon designs were inspired by the five main concerns in international solidarity, such as inequalities, equality between men and women, and climate change.  IDW is made possible thanks to Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.    
CCI's attendance at meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women this coming March
Roxana Robin, CCI’s Founder, will attend the 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, March 9-20.  This will be an excellent opportunity for CCI to participate in debates concerning the situation of women in the world, and expand its collaboration with the UN and its agencies.  For more information, please click here
Quebec International Solidarity Days (JQSI): an important role for the CCI to play in Montérégie
Each year, Quebec International Solidarity Days take place in November all over the Province of Quebec. One big different this year:  CCI was asked to be the responsible entity organizing events in Montérégie.   In particular, we put together a photo exhibit on the rights of children which was displayed in three libraries, and visited 18 secondary school classes in order to lead an important workshop along the theme:  “Got to talk about the future”.

Latest news concerning the team

Changing on the Board of Directors
CCI has had to say goodbye to Bernard Beauchamp, once CCI’s Treasurer, who has just now had to relinquish his post on the Board of Directors.  The entire CCI team wishes to thank Mr. Beauchamp for his unconditional support since the very beginning.  On the other hand CCI’s Board is happy to announce the appointment of two new administrators:  Carolle Roy and Marie-Pierre Daigle. We welcome them with open arms!  To read their profiles, click here
Preparing for this year's World Day Against Child Labour
A committee of volunteers met on February 2 for a brainstorming session to think of appropriate activities    to highlight World Day Against Child Labour, celebrated each year on June 12.  This year the theme proposed by the UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) is “NO to child labour; YES to a quality education!”.  We are very enthusiastic since this theme corresponds exactly to CCI’s mission since its inception.

Should you wish to participate in the organisation of our activities on June 12, or if you know persons who are interested in volunteering, please contact us. More information will be available on the day’s activities in future bulletins.   

Latest news about the situation of children around the world
"Education ar risk" (Education à risque)
Author:  Pascale Breton, Reporter with La Presse, Montreal
“It is a risk that, in several countries, is unfortunately measured in terms of human loss. Schools are frequently attacked by armed groups and, in several cases, girls are a favourite target.”  See more on (French only)
Photos series "Angels in hell"
Photographer: GMB Akash
Through the photo series « Angels in hell », photographer GMB Akash was able to capture shocking and distressing images denouncing child labour in Bangladesh.  These are photographs that render the viewer speechless; they reveal extremely difficult working conditions of children, forced to work in factories as of the age of 5 for a pittance…  The ILO’s latest figures state that over 120 million children are compelled to work throughout the world.  It is imperative that we remain mobilized to come to their rescue! Click here to see the photo documentary.
Photo documentary "Child, Bride, Mother" about early marriages in Guatemala
Photographer: Stephanie Sinclair
Stephanie Sinclair, a photographer who had in particular photographed and documented incidences of early marriages during more than eight years in several countries around the world for her exhibit “Too Young to Wed”, has just now published this photo documentary in the New York Times concerning early marriages of young girls in Guatemala.    

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