All children and their rights are to be respected – no child should be treated unfairly on any basis, no matter their or their family’s race, color, sex, language, religion, opinion, ethnicity, social status, abilities or any other factor.
Each child has the right to feel included in society, to build and maintain strong self-esteem and have their differences respected and valued.
In 2013 Reach for Change supported 37,000 children in our efforts to create social inclusive communities. One example of investment made in this theme is Marie-Eve Lemieux & Mohammed Khaled, Ghana that have founded the organisation DUNK. The idea behind DUNK – Developing Unity, Nurturing Knowledge, is to give children from deprived communities a sporting opportunity. Through the combination of Basketball, Life Skills Training and Mentoring Program. The young athletes are encouraged to take leadership roles in their community and become agents of change.
During 2013 Reach for Change staff had the opportunity to meat the children participating in the program several times. When we planned our GRI report we got valuable input from the DUNK-children who stressed the need for us to monitor our program effectiveness.