ARDI

Atlas Relief & Development International

Mission

ARDI is guided by the mission to empower civilians and local organizations with the knowledge, skills, and tools to actively shape and participate in a peaceful and democratic future for all. Through our work, we emphasize efforts to support, empower, and capacitate marginalized and displaced populations, minorities, women, and youth in conflict-affected areas.

What We Do

Small Grants

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Capacity Building

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Empowerment

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Research

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Women Making Changes Through Trust and Empowerment

ARDI Director and Co-Founder, Razan Shalab AlSham, was selected to participate as an honored speaker at the TEDx Dresden event in Dresden, Germany on August 26th, 2018. Speaking about her own personal experiences as a Syrian activist and development professional, Razan’s talk, titled “Women Making Changes Through Trust and Empowerment” sheds light on the horrors of war, the challenges faced by Syrians inside and outside of their countries, the amazing efforts to support Syrians being led by women, and ends with a message for hope and peace. Watch Razan’s Ted Talk and listen to the other inspiring Ted Talk speeches HERE

Impacts of the Syrian Conflict

Refugees Globally

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Internally Displaced People (IDPs)

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Children Deprived of Education

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Syrian Population Living in Extreme Poverty:

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Syrians Who are Food-Insecure:

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Forced Disaperiences and Arbitory Arrests

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بحسب #الهيئة_الطبية_الشرعية_السورية، تم تسجيل أكثر من 50 حالة #انتحار منذ بداية هذا العام، ونسبة حالات الانتحار بين #الذكور في سوريا تبلغ ضعف المعدلات بين #الإناث. وبحسب ما صرح به مدير الهيئة العامة للطب الشرعي، زاهر حاجو، لإذاعة "المدينة"، “من بين حالات الانتحار، 13 حالة تتعلق بأشخاص تقل أعمارهم عن 18 سنة، ثمانية منهم من الإناث. ووجدت الدراسة أيضًا أن هناك ميلًا لأن تكون أساليب الانتحار أكثر #عدوانية بين #النساء

ارتفاع عدد المنتحرين الذين كشفتهم مصادر حكومية في النظام السوري "جاءت نتيجة لانهيار الناس نتيجة #للصراع وعدم قدرة المواطنين السوريين على التعامل مع #الأزمة_الاقتصادية الشديدة التي شهدتها البلاد مؤخرًا". بحسب #علماء_النفس_السوريين ، "بمجرد أن يشعر الشخص بفقدان الاستقرار المادي ، يمكنه أن يعاني من عدم الاستقرار النفسي"

أدى تدهور الأوضاع المعيشية للمواطنين السوريين (خاصة #الشباب)، إلى جانب ما يحرّمه المجتمع حول البحث عن دعم من #الطب_العقلي أو #النفسي في الخدمات الصحية في سوريا التي تقدم الدعم، إلى تفاقم التحديات النفسية وتؤدي إلى آثار شديدة على الصحة العقلية.

في الآونة الأخيرة، تسبب الانتحار المأساوي لشاب في حي بستان القصر في مدينة #حلب بصدمة نفسية، ودفع الكثير من الناس للتحدث على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي. وفقًا لتعليقات العديد من الأشخاص، فإن التحديات المتعلقة بظروف المعيشة السيئة، والتفاوتات الاجتماعية والاقتصادية، وتأثيرات الصراع قد تسببت في إغلاق العديد من الأشخاص لرغبتهم في الحياة - وبالتالي جعل بعض الناس يشعرون أن الانتحار هو خيارهم الوحيد للهروب من الألم واليأس.

الهيئة الطبية الشرعية السورية لم تبلغ عن هذه الحوادث رسمياً لكنها أعلنت أنها سجلت أكثر من 50 حالة انتحار منذ بداية هذا العام عندما سجلت محافظة حلب أعلى نسبة انتحار، تستثني الاحصائية مدن إدلب والرقة ودير الزور والحسكة، لأنهم خارج سيطرة النظام السوري. ومع ذلك، نظرًا لأن الانتحار هو موضوع من المحرمات في الثقافة المحلية، فلا يتم إبلاغ السلطات رسميًا عن العديد من هذه الحوادث، لذلك من المحتمل أن يكون هناك المزيد من الحالات التي لم يتم التعرف عليها كحالات انتحار.

هناك العديد من الأسباب التي تجعل بعض الأشخاص يصلون إلى مرحلة الانتحار. كل ظرف مختلف ويمكن أن ينجم عن تحديات أو تأثيرات خارجية أو داخلية مختلفة. بالنسبة للعديد من الناس، يمكن أن يؤدي التراكم والضغوط التي ينتجها الواقع إلى فقدان مشاعر الكرامة، واحترام الذات، أو تحديات الحياة التي يمكن أن تشعر بثقلها الشديد. وبحسب الطبيب النفسي عمار بيطار، "يختلف الأفراد في تحملهم للضغط النفسي وقدرتهم على التعامل معه لمواجهة هذه التراكمات".

حاليًا في سوريا، كمثال، يعاني الكثير من الناس من عدم القدرة على تلبية احتياجات عوائلهم في ضوء ارتفاع الأسعار التي تشهدها الأسواق السورية، ونقص الخدمات الاجتماعية والصحية، والمخاوف الأمنية التي تؤثر على سلامة المجتمع. بالنسبة للأشخاص الذين يعانون من هذه القضايا المحددة، يمكن أن يحدث الاكتئاب، مما قد يؤدي إلى العزلة عن المجتمع والبؤس والإحباط ولوم الذات.

بالنسبة للسوريين الآخرين ، ولا سيما النساء والفتيات، تسبب جائحة فيروس كورونا في ارتفاع معدل العنف الداخلي خلال فترة الحجر الصحي. يمكن للعنف المنزلي (الذي يمكن عرضه بأشكال عديدة، بما في ذلك العنف الجسدي والعقلي والجنسي) أن يولد تأثيرات نفسية للضحايا - من الإناث والذكور. بالنسبة للنساء ضحايا العنف المنزلي من العنف القائم على النوع الاجتماعي (#GBV)، أفادت العديد من النساء بأنهن يشعرن بالدونية تجاه أنفسهن، وغير آمنات في منازلهن، محاصرات في حياتهن، وغير قادرات على ممارسة حقوقهن أو متابعة أهدافهن. في بعض الأحيان، يمكن أن تتسبب هذه الآلام في انتحار الضحايا عندما لا يجدون الدعم أو الموارد أو الخدمات أو الفهم الذي يحتاجونه.

بما أن مشاكل الصحة النفسية/العقلية هي مشكلة حقيقية في مجتمعنا السوري والتي لا يتم التحدث عنها علانية في كثير من الأحيان، فإن إحدى الطرق الأولى لمعالجة المحرمات حول الدعم النفسي والاجتماعي وخفض الانتحار، هي دعم ورعاية الأشخاص الذين يعانون من اضطرابات نفسية بشكل علني من خلال الحديث عن هذه المشاكل داخل الأسرة والمجتمع بطرق لا تخجل الناس. إذا كان بإمكان مجتمعنا البدء في تطبيع خدمات الصحة العقلية وتشجيع دعم الأسرة للأشخاص الذين يعانون من صحتهم العقلية، فيمكننا بناء التماسك المجتمعي والحد من انتشار الانتحار.

تحتاج مجتمعاتنا أيضًا إلى إعطاء الأولوية لفتح المنظمات الصحية التي تشمل عيادات الطب النفسي والمراكز الطبية المتخصصة التي تركز على رعاية الصحة النفسية. ستكون هذه الخدمات مهمة للغاية لمستقبل سوريا للمساعدة في إعادة تأهيل مجتمعاتنا التي عانت من آثار النزاع والصدمات الأخرى التي تسببت في آثار على صحتهم العقلية ورفاهيتهم. هناك حاجة إلى مزيد من الاهتمام بهذه القضية حتى لا تتفاقم هذه الظاهرة الحالية وتتحول إلى أزمة كبيرة في المجتمع السوري.

في منظمة أرضي, نعمل على دعم الصحة العقلية للمجتمعات المحلية من خلال شراكات مع منظمات المجتمع التي تقدم خدمات الدعم النفسي والاجتماعي للأشخاص المتأثرين بالصراع. قم بزيارة موقعنا على الإنترنت لمعرفة المزيد عن عملنا: www.atlasrdi.com

يمكنك معرفة المزيد عن الصحة النفسية في سوريا هنا: bit.ly/2NTZ7IB

According to #SyrianForensicMedicalAuthority, more than 50 suicides have been recorded since the beginning of this year and the proportion of #male suicides in Syria is twice as high as rates among #females. According to what was stated by the Director of the General Authority of Legal Medicine, Zahir Hajo, for “Al-Madinah” Radio, among cases of suicides, 13 cases involved people under the age of 18, eight of whom were females. The study also found that there was a tendency for suicide methods to be more aggressive among #women.

Rising #suiciderates revealed by ٍSyrian Regime governmental sources ‘come as a result of the collapse of the nation as a result of #conflict and the inability of Syrian citizens to deal with the severe #economiccrisis that the country has witnessed recently’. According to Syrian #psychologists, ‘as soon as a person feels a loss of material #stability, he or she can experience psychological instability”.

The deterioration of stable living situations for Syrian citizens (especially #youth), combined with cultural taboos around seeking mental health support in Syria health services that provide support, have exacerbated psychological challenges and are leading to severe impacts on mental health.

Recently, the tragic #suicide of a young man in the Bustan Al-Qasr neighborhood in the city of #Aleppo caused shocked people and prompted many people to speak out on social media. According to many people's comments, challenges related to poor living conditions, social and economic disparities, and the impacts of conflict have caused many people to close the doors on their desire for life - and therefore making some people feel that suicide is their only option to escape pain and despair.

The #SyrianGeneralMedicalAuthority does not report these incidents officially but did announce that it has recorded more than 50 suicides since the beginning of this year when the governorate of Aleppo recorded the highest suicide rate, with the exception of the statistics, Idlib, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, and Hasaka, as they are outside the control of the Syrian regime. However, as suicide is a very taboo subject in the local culture, many such incidents are not officially reported to authorities, so there are likely more cases that have not been recognized as suicide cases.

There are many reasons why different people reach the stage of committing suicide. Every circumstance is different and can be caused by different external or internal challenges or influences. For many people, the accumulations and pressures produced by reality can lead to a loss of feelings of dignity, self-esteem, or the challenges of the world that can feel too heavy to bear. According to Psychiatrist Ammar Bitar, “Individuals differ in their tolerance of psychological pressure and their ability to deal with it to face these accumulations.”

Currently in Syria, as an example, many people are struggling with the inability l to provide for his or her #family’s needs in light of the high prices witnessed by the Syrian markets, the lack of social and health services, and the security concerns that impact the safety of the community. For people struggling with these particular issues, depression can occur, which can lead to isolation from society, misery, frustration, and self-blame.

For other Syrians, particularly women and girls, the current global health pandemic #COVID19 has caused a rise in #domesticviolence during the #quarantine period. Domestic violence (which can be exhibited in many forms, including physical, mental, and sexual violence) can generate psychological effects for victims - both female and male. For female victims of domestic violence of gender-based violence (#GBV), many women report feeling inferior towards themselves, unsafe in their own homes, trapped in their lives, and unable to exercise their rights or pursue their goals. Sometimes, these pains can cause victims to commit suicide when they do not find the support, resources, services, or understanding that they need.

As mental health issues are a real issue in our Syrian community that often does not get spoken about openly, one of the first ways to address the taboos around psychosocial support and decreasing suicide, is to openly support and care about people struggling with mental disorders by talking about these problems within the family and community in ways that do not shame people. If our community can start to normalize mental health services and encourage family support to people struggling with their mental health, we can build community cohesion and reduce the prevalence of suicides.

Our communities also need to prioritize the opening of health organizations that include psychiatric clinics and specialized medical centers focused on mental health care. These services will be very important for the future of Syria to help rehabilitate our communities who have suffered the impact of conflict and other traumas that have caused impacts of their mental health and wellbeing. Increased attention on this issue is needed so this existing phenomenon does not worsen and turn into a major crisis in Syrian society.

At ARDI, we work to support local communities’ mental health through partnerships with community organizations providing psychosocial support services to people impacted by conflict. Visit our website to learn more about our work: www.atlasrdi.com

You can learn more about mental health in Syria here: bit.ly/2NTZ7IB
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النساء في المجتمع #السوري لديهن دور مهم في المنزل و المجتمع.
إن النساء السوريات قادة للتغيير ويلعبون أدوارًا رئيسية في تأمين أسرهم ومجتمعاتهم خلال هذا الوقت الصعب، على الرغم من الظروف المحيطة. في هذه الأثناء ، لا تزال النساء في #إدلب و #حلب يواجهن نقصًا في الدعم والحقوق والحريات، مما يتسبب في عوائق تعرقل قدرتهن على تحقيق إمكاناتهن الكاملة. وقد ساهمت الخدمات المحدودة وبعض العادات الثقافية الضارة ونقص الموارد التي يسببها الصراع المستمر على مدى السنوات العشر الماضية في هذه التحديات المتعلقة بالنساء. وقد أضيفت جائحة #كورونا مؤخرًا إلى كل هذه التحديات.
تهدف #أرضي ، بالتعاون مع منظمات المجتمع المدني التي تقودها النساء ، إلى تعزيز القدرة القيادية ، و إعادة تأهيل وتمكين #المرأة كصانع للتغيير القادم و #أمهات الأجيال الصحية المستقبلية داخل مجتمعاتهم من خلال دعمهم بالمهارات اللازمة و الأدوات و التدريبات العلمية ورفع مستوى الوعي في العديد من المجالات المختلفة. على سبيل المثال، من خلال مشاريعنا القادمة، نهدف إلى إشراك النساء كمستفيدات في دورات حول معالجة آثار وباء كورونا ، والتغذية الصحية للأطفال في خضم النزاع ، وأدوات وأساليب لمساعدة أنفسهم وأفراد الأسرة على تجنب #العنف و رفع الوعي حول مخاطر تجنيد الأطفال في الحرب الحالية ، و المشاركة السياسية والمدنية لزيادة مشاركة المرأة وقيادتها في المجتمع السوري.
تعرف على المزيد من خلال زيارة موقعنا atlasrdi.com/

All #women in the #Syrian society have an important role to play at home and across the #society. Women are important leaders and changemakers and they are playing key roles in securing their families and communities during this uncertain time, despite the surrounding circumstances. In the meantime, women in the #Idlib and #Aleppo continues to face a lack of support, rights, and freedoms, which cause barriers that hinder their ability to reach their full potential. Limited services, harmful cultural norms, and a lack of resources caused by the ongoing #conflict across the past ten years have contributed to these #gender-related challenges. Recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has added to all these challenges.
#ARDI, in cooperation with women-led civil society organizations, aims to foster the leadership capacity, #rehabilitate, and empower women as the capable change makers and #mothers of future healthy generations within their communities and societies by supporting them with needed skills, tools, education training, and #awareness raising in many different areas. For example, through our upcoming projects, we aim to engage women as beneficiaries in courses on addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthy nurturing of #children in the midst of conflict, tools and methods to help themselves and family members avoid #violence, raising awareness around the dangers of recruiting children in the current #war, and #political and civil engagement to increase women’s participation and leadership across the Syrian society.
Learn more by visiting ARDI’s website! atlasrdi.com/
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PEOPLE LIKE YOU, PEOPLE LIKE US!

#Refugees are ordinary people like us with dreams for the future and much to contribute to society - but the realities of #war, conflict, violence, social realities, #environmental impacts, and other challenges have caused many people to lose everything and have to risk their lives to secure safety and stability for themselves and their families. They left their entire lives, #homeland, and friends behind - often with just the clothes on their backs. They have fled dangerous circumstances just to survive and start over. Refugees of all backgrounds want to be secure with their families and #children. They want to work and contribute to their new communities. They want to live, study, work. Just like us, they seek a life of #dignity, #peace, #freedom, and #security.

Around the world, refugees are #vulnerable and in need, they are often misunderstood and subject to #discrimination directly from their new host communities, their host governments, and the international community. As they struggle to seek greater security, they suffer from cold, hunger, #trauma, despair, #violence, and loss.

According to @UNHCR, there are more than 70.8 million people around the world who have been forcibly #displaced and almost half of all refugees are under 18.

Specifically, the #SyrianConflict has been ongoing over the past10 years, has created one of the worst #humanitarian crises of our time and more than 6.7 million #Syrians have been forced to flee their country since 2011, with another 6.1 million have been driven from their homes but remain trapped inside the country. The majority of #Syrianrefugees have found safety in neighboring countries like #Turkey, #Jordan, and #Lebanon. Over 60 percent of Syrian refugees live in poverty, while unemployment and deprivation of education and other basic services persist.

Today on #WorldRefugeeDay, we add ARDI’s voice to international efforts highlighting the rights, needs, and dreams of refugees, and we join with other leaders to help mobilize political will and resources so that refugees can not only survive but also thrive!

We want to celebrate the #courage and #resilience of the tens of millions of people forced to flee their homes due to war or #persecution and to contribute building #empathy and raising #awareness in our local networks and communities. ARDI #encourages people to be better neighbors, friends, and hosts to refugees living in their communities.

#ARDI works closely to support refugees by providing capacity-building support, addressing needs and challenges, and amplifying the voices of the most vulnerable. Learn more about our work by visiting our website: www.atlasrdi.com

#WithRefugees #WorldRefugeeDay2020 #RefugeesWelcome #StandWithRefugees

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#Children are meant to learn, NOT to earn!

According to International Labour Organization, more than 150 million children are in child #labour globally and nearly half of all those are in hazardous work that directly endangers their #health, #safety, and moral #development. Hundreds of children drop out of #school every year to help their parents earn a livelihood. The more unfortunate ones are forced into #childlabour and never get to see a school because of extreme #poverty. (bit.ly/30ukl7C)

In areas affected by conflict, such as #Syria, homes and schools are destroyed and many families lose their jobs. #Family and social #protection systems break down and increase the risk of child labour. Child #refugees and #migrants, particularly those on the move who are separated from their families, are especially #vulnerable and can easily fall prey to trafficking and child labour.

This year, the #COVID19 #pandemic and its #economic and labor market results are having a huge impact on people’s lives and unfortunately, children are first to suffer. The crisis pushed millions of vulnerable children into child labour. Children need help now more than ever!

Children are the future of the #world. Our priority should be concerning their #education, #physical and #mental growth. Forcing children to work is violating their fundamental rights.

To learn more about child labor and the prevention policies determined by International Labour Organization (ILO), please click the link below:

bit.ly/3faXzFL

#ARDI joins @ILO and invites you to a virtual high-level debate that will stimulate dialogue on the importance of protecting children from child labour in COVID-19 response and recovery. The event will commemorate the 2020 World Day Against Child Labour today (12th June 2020) at 4:30-5:45 PM (CET) and at 5:30-6:45 PM (GMT+3). Please click the link below to watch the #Youtube live broadcast :

bit.ly/2XPznTH

#ChildCare #ChildLabour #ChildWorkers #ChildrensLivesMatter #Children #Education #HumanRights #WorldAgainstChildLabour #StopChildLabour #ForEveryChild
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تضيف ارضي صوتها إلى النداء العالمي لإنهاء #العنصرية ، #العنف ، و #التمييز ضد مجتمع السود وجميع الأشخاص الملونين!
فتح مقتل #جيورج_فلويد جروح العنصرية للأقليات السورية و #اللاجئين. في #إدلب ، #سوريا ، رسم الفنان عزيز أسمر صورة لجورج فلويد على آخر جدار قائم لمبنى دمرته الغارات الجوية في إدلب. تُظهر اللوحة الوحدة بين السوريين المتأثرين بالنزاع المستمر والمجتمع الأسود الذين لا يزالون مستهدفين بالعنف والتمييز.
يعاني اللاجئون السوريون في العديد من البلدان حول العالم على أيدي السلطات والمجتمع ككل. على سبيل المثال ، لا يزال اللاجئون الضعفاء في اليونان يعانون على أيدي السلطات لأنهم يبحثون عن حياة أكثر أمانًا لأنفسهم ولأسرهم. وبحسب منظمة هيومن رايتس ووتش ، "هناك صلة لا تنفصم بين العنصرية والتمييز العنصري وكره الأجانب وما يتصل بذلك من تعصب والتشريد القسري وإساءة معاملة اللاجئين وطالبي اللجوء والمشردين داخليًا. إن العنصرية هي سبب ونتيجة للتهجير القسري ، وعائق أمام حلها ".
تؤكد #أرضي عن تضامنه لتقول إن #حياة_السود_مهمة ونأمل أن يمنح هذا الزخم العالمي الملهم ضد العنصرية العالم كله للتفكير في عنصريته.

ARDI adds our voice to the global call to end #racism, #violence, and #discrinination against the black community and all people of color!
The murder of #GeorgeFloyd has opened the wounds of racism for #Syrian minorities and #refugees. In #Idlib, Syria, artist Aziz Asmar painted a portrait of George Floyd on the last standing wall of a building damaged by airstrikes in Idlib. The painting shows the unity between Syrinas impacted by ongoing conflict and the black community who also continue to be targeted with violence and discrimination.
#Syrianrefugees in many countries around the world suffer at the hands of the authorities and society as a whole. For example, vulnerable refugees in Greece continue to suffer at the hands of authorities as they seek safer lives for themselves and their families. Accoridng to, Human Rights Watch, “There is an inextricable link between racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, and the forcible displacement and mistreatment of refugees, asylum seekers, and internally displaced persons. Racism is both a cause and a result of forced displacement, and a barrier to its solution.”
#ARDI speaks out in solidarity to say that #BlackLivesMatter and we hope that this inspiring global momentum against racism provides the whole world with the motivation to reflect on its own racism.
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We celebrate the #courage and #resilience of the tens of millions of people forced to flee their homes due to war or #persecution !

#WorldRefugeeDay2020 #worldrefugeeday #RefugeesWelcome #StandWithRefugees

Today on #WorldRefugeeDay, we add ARDI’s voice to international efforts highlighting the rights and dreams of refugees, and help mobilize political will and resources so that refugees can not only survive but also thrive!

http://www.atlasrdi.com

Refugees are #vulnerable and in need, they are often misunderstood, and subject to #discrimination directly from their new host communities and governments, and the international community. They suffer from cold, hunger, #trauma, despair, #violence and loss.
#WorldRefugeeDay2020

PEOPLE LIKE YOU, PEOPLE LIKE US!

#Refugees are ordinary people like us with dreams and to contribute to society but the realities of #war, conflict, violence, social realities, environmental impacts, and other challenges have caused them to lose everything.

#WorldRefugeeDay2020

#ARDI joins @ilo and invites you to a virtual debate that will stimulate dialogue on protecting children from child labour in #COVID19 response on 12th June 2020 at 5:30 PM (GMT+3). Please click the link below to watch the #Youtube live broadcast :

https://bit.ly/2XPznTH

Please click the link below and learn about child labor and the prevention policies determined by International Labour Organization. @ilo

https://bit.ly/3faXzFL

#ChildWorkers #ChildrensLivesMatter #HumanRights #WorldAgainstChildLabour #StopChildLabour #ForEveryChild

Children need help now more than ever!

The #COVID19 #pandemic and its #economic and labor market results are having a huge impact on #children. The crisis pushed millions of vulnerable children into child labour.

#WorldAgainstChildLabour #StopChildLabour #ForEveryChild