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POSTED BY KATHLEEN GUERRA | JUNE 7, 2013

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In Guatemala, we recently hosted the Secretary of State during his participation in the Organization of American States General Assembly in Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful colonial city that was formerly the country’s capital. As Cultural…

Great to see Secretary Kerry giving an audience to youth in Guatemala! ChildFund has worked with children and youth in Guatemala since the 1960s.

Preparing Youth to Be Leaders

Indonesia is near the top of countries at risk for natural disasters. It’s important for families to be prepared at all times. To improve emergency preparedness, ChildFund held a Disaster Risk Reduction Youth Facilitator Workshop in Jakarta earlier this week. Our Indonesia office reports that more than 80 youth from across the country attended the workshop, which was also attended by the director of Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency.

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As a result, one of the youth, Angelus, has been selected to join the Indonesian government delegation at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction conference, being held later this month in Geneva, Switzerland.

“Learning about disaster risk reduction (DRR) is really something new to me,” Angelus says. “I found it very interesting and a positive activity. We learn best practices from others that we also could apply in our programs back home. I obtained this knowledge from ChildFund at no cost. I want to pay it off by sharing it with others,” he said.

We can’t wait to hear about his learning experiences in Geneva!

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The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Public Affairs and the United Nations Foundation will host a panel discussion entitled The Next Level of Diplomacy: Youth and Global Engagement. The event will feature Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S. Department of State; Kathy Calvin, President and CEO, UN Foundation; and Zeenat Rahman, Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, U.S. Department of State.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affairs and the United Nations Foundation will be hosting a panel discussion entitled “The Next Level of Diplomacy: Youth and Global Engagement.” The event will feature Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities, U.S….

Looks like a great discussion coming up on April 18.

In the Philippines, recovery continues from Typhoon Washi flooding that devastated communities in late 2011. ChildFund has invested in livelihood skills training for out-of-school youth. They are learning to print T-shirts and bags to raise money to help their families, or fund their return to school.

In the Philippines, recovery continues from Typhoon Washi flooding that devastated communities in late 2011. ChildFund has invested in livelihood skills training for out-of-school youth. They are learning to print T-shirts and bags to raise money to help their families, or fund their return to school.

In Timor-Leste, many young people choose to leave their families’ farms and look for jobs in urban areas. Agusto, a young farmer, would like to change that trend. For support, he has joined a farmer’s group supported by ChildFund Timor-Leste. “I joined because they provide us with seeds, farming tools and training to improve our knowledge on how to increase the production of our farm and how to manage together as a group. We get a lot of things to support our activities, and being part of this shows us how we can work together as a group with unity,” he says.

In Timor-Leste, many young people choose to leave their families’ farms and look for jobs in urban areas. Agusto, a young farmer, would like to change that trend. For support, he has joined a farmer’s group supported by ChildFund Timor-Leste. “I joined because they provide us with seeds, farming tools and training to improve our knowledge on how to increase the production of our farm and how to manage together as a group. We get a lot of things to support our activities, and being part of this shows us how we can work together as a group with unity,” he says.

I am now a full-pledged ‘Little Teacher.’ We use a mobile cart to teach children who live in far areas. I still feel shy sometimes because I teach around 50 kids, but I try not to dwell too much on my nervousness.
Roniel, 17. In the Philippines, many children labor on sugarcane plantations instead of attending school regularly. ChildFund is working to change that under the ABK2 Initiative, a special project for combating child labor through education.  We are incorporating child protection interventions into training for teachers, para-teachers and youth advocates (“little teachers”) like Roniel, who was a child laborer and is now tutoring younger children who have fallen behind in their studies. One of the objectives of the ABK2 program is to increase community awareness of the importance of education and the difference between acceptable child work and exploitative child labor.