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Children’s Rights Day – 20th November

Thousands of children and young people took to the streets of Switzerland in protest against exploitation. For the sixteenth consecutive year, to mark the International Children’s Rights Day, Terre des hommes has been working on a national awareness campaign to highlight the exploitation to which 168 million children around the world are exposed.

Where the action took place 2013

Children’s Rights – let’s get involved!

Between 19th and 21st November 2013, in more than 100 locations all over Switzerland, more than 3600 pupils took part in the action campaign by holding information stands, cleaning shoes, washing windscreens or revealing their artistic talents. Why did they do this? In order to make passers-by aware of the misery inflicted upon millions of children who work under conditions which compromise their education and cause damage to their health, safety or moral development.

Over the months of October and November, Terre des hommes leaders visited 67 classes and used role play to bring up the problem of child exploitation. Tdh has also made available to teachers and youth group leaders educational tools which are adapted to the different ages of the participants.

Donations collected during this action campaign will be used for Terre des hommes child protection projects. You will find more detailed information about the projects concerning child workers in Burkina Faso, Colombia, Egypt, Morocco, Nepal, the Palestinian Territories and Togo.

An event which concerns us all

Over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd November 2013, the Tdh volunteers groups did organised 25 stands to raise awareness on children’s rights. A new playful animation aimed at children has be presented in the street with the objective of raising awareness among children on the rights of their less fortunate contemporaries all over the world.

chocolat.jpg Organic and Fair-trade milk chocolate bars, produced with great care and passion by the Schönberger chocolaterie in Luzern, have been offered to passers-by in exchange for CHF 7. With this small amount Tdh can already finance one month school for an exploited child.

Other businesses did also show their solidarity by adding these chocolate bars to their range of products as from 18th November until the end of the year. This second sale of chocolate has also been supported by the following businesses: the shops Nature & Découvertes, the bookshops Payot, the restaurant Tiff-In, the museums MUDAC, Elysée and Musée historique de Lausanne, as well as the chemist Pharmacie Plus du Flon in Lausanne.

Motivated employees from Zurich Assurance did renew their support and did assist with the sale of Terre des hommes chocolate as part of the company volunteer scheme with the stands in Lausanne, Montreux and Morges.

Profit from these sales will be used entirely to finance Terre des hommes child protection projects.

Thank you for your support!

If you have any questions we will be happy to answer them:, phone 058 611 07 84


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