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Alex would like to invite you personally to support the Not My Worst Day foundation which aims at supporting children and young people’s education in order to maximise their leadership potentials.  Alex is grateful for his journey and dedicated his experiences and achievements to sponsor children and young people who are experiencing extreme difficulties such as he has experienced:  

  • From war and conflict areas
  • Going through extreme poverty
  • Resilient and with great education and leadership potentials

ChildAlex believe strongly that children and young people experiencing these issues have the future! But what kind of future are we talking about? the context in which children grow up has a great impact on their lives, for example growing up in the countryside or a large city, in the slums or in the upper-class neighbourhood, in war time or peace, with loving parents or as an orphan street kid. The bottom line is that young people are still in the process of growing up and this means that they are not always able to think and behave independently and are thus easily influenced by the context and by other people.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and other conflict affected areas, many youngsters grow up with conflict, traumatising events, and a lack of basic human needs, including access to education.

Safety is something we take for granted in some part of the world. Above are kids growing up in conflict affected area along side armed mitias (see picture).

Safety is something we take for granted in some part of the world. Above are kids growing up in conflict affected area along side armed mitias (see picture) (photograph courtesey of Children in Crisis).

Due to the overall insecurity and conflict, hundreds of thousands of people flee from their homes every year. Among them are many children and young people. Especially these internally displaced people (IDP) are vulnerable and lack access to healthcare, education and in most cases food and safe drinking water. Additionally, many experienced rape, see their family members killed and other atrocities. As is often the case, young people are most vulnerable and one might ask what kind of future will be in store for this specific group, that is if they survive the ordeal. One possible future is “employment” either as sex slaves or they are recruited by the local militia to be the soldiers of tomorrow. Particularly those children who lost their families are easily recruited, not only as soldiers, but also to work in the artisanal exploitation of minerals (DRC). But even parents send their own children to work in the mines, to get a little income for the family or, as is often the case, to pay off debts.

If children and young people have capacity to access education, this means they can be the engine of change in the world today, they can play an active role in the promotion of a peaceful society, good governance (or at least better governance), and durable development. They can also be able to move through different obstacles and achieve their potentials like me.

Like me, in DRC many kids starts working on the land and fetching water as early as 4 year old. (Photograph courtesey of Francis Bahoza)

Like me, in DRC may kids start working on the land as early as 4 year old. (Photograph courtesey of Francis Bahoza)

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