Modern Slavery May. 2014 - Page 10

Some charities raise money by guilt-tripping people into feeling pity for the children they work with. You know the drill – emaciated kids staring wide eyed into the camera. ‘Please help me’. We don’t do that. The children we work with have already lived lives of extreme violence and hardship and they’re still here to tell the tale. You don’t survive life as a street child or child soldier without being incredibly tough and resourceful. They deserve our compassion and most importantly they deserve their rights to be met. But we don’t want to raise money for them by portraying them as helpless victims. With a bit of support, they can rewrite their own future.