GDST Young Leaders’ Conference
Fri 29th Sep – Sun 1st Oct 2017
Hope and Homes for Children
Hope and Homes for Children is an international charity working to ensure that all children have the chance to grow up in the love of a family. Our vision is a world in which children no longer suffer institutional care. Our mission is to be the catalyst for the global eradication of institutional care for children.
Children need a loving family and a place to call home. This is a basic human right, but one which too many children are still denied. There are an estimated 8 million children living in institutions across the globe. Many more are at risk of separation from their families due to poverty, conflict and disease. We work together with children, their families, communities, professionals, NGOs and governments across the developing world to ensure that institutionalisation is a thing of the past, and that no child has to grow up deprived of the love and care of a family. We strengthen families, provide family based care for children unable to live at home, close institutions and develop institution-free childcare systems for future generations.
mothers2mothers (m2m) trains, employs, and empowers local mothers living with HIV as frontline healthcare workers in understaffed health centres and within communities, where they are referred to as Mentor Mothers. In one-on-one and group sessions, Mentor Mothers provide essential health education and support to women on how they can protect their babies from HIV infection, and keep themselves and their families healthy. Mentor Mothers’ intimate understanding of the social and cultural challenges of living with HIV gives them a unique ability to form trusted relationships with other women, vital to helping them overcome their fears and make lifesaving decisions.
Room To Read
Room to Read is an international organisation transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. We focus on two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy skills, and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, organisations and governments to increase literacy rates and instill a habit of reading among primary school children, ensuring girls complete secondary school with the skills and confidence to make key life decisions. Room to Read has benefitted 11.5 million children in more than 14 countries and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020.
Rwandan Youth Information Community Organisation (rYico) is a UK Registered Charity supporting vulnerable and abused young women in Rwanda. rYico funds Centre Marembo including Abatuje House, which provides shelter to girls who have experienced abuse and violence, and Harakeye House, which provides shelter to girls badly affected by their trauma. They receive intense counselling until they can be transferred to Abatuje House. The centre offers access to information, education, and vocational training and helps the girls to a better life where they can support their children. rYico also funds the African Sewing Club (ASC), a social enterprise garment factory, offering employment, support, training and medical assistance to help vulnerable girls regain control over their lives.