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Jun 12, 2018

It's Showtime! It's Shorgol!

SKHM children show off their talents
SKHM children show off their talents

The children with our partner South Kolkata Hamari Muskan worked hard this spring to put on a wonderful show of dance, art, and theatre.  

This year’s annual show was called “Shorgol!” and featured a visual array of costumes and stage decorations, as the children acted in skits and performed karate feats and dances. More than 110 children participated showcasing their many talents—it was an event to remember! (and a very involved but gratifying effort by SKHM staff and volunteers!)

The value of the arts is unmistakable in how it stimulates creativity, community, and innovation. While many children of our partner SKHM face deep struggles at home, with parents who are sex workers, the arts provide therapeutic relief and an outlet for expressing and processing their emotions.

This annual show gives the children confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and happy memories, all of which help to lay the foundation for a healthier, brighter future.

SKHM was kind to thank Global Fund for Children for “making kids’ dreams come true." We thank YOU as part of our caring team of supporters!  

Thank you for your generosity and for working with us to make sure all children, like those served by SKHM and CAP, are safe, strong, and valued.

We’ll continue to keep you informed about the progress of this important project.  If you have any comments or questions, contact me at tmokrzycki@globalfundforchildren.org.  Thank you!

Karate and other feats are part of the annual show
Karate and other feats are part of the annual show
Creativity and enjoyment at SKHM
Creativity and enjoyment at SKHM
May 22, 2018

Can you hear them?

First stop....London!
First stop....London!

Do you hear them? From Parkland, FL, to Bangladesh, youth are speaking out. Challenged by poverty, violence, or lack of access to education and training, they’re courageously standing up for a more just and safe world.

We are listening, and we stand with them. Thanks to donors like you, we can stand with them more often, within their own communities and bring people who need to listen directly to them.

As part of GFC’s Voice of Youth campaign, we have kicked off our global Listening Tour, a series of youth-led events in multiple cities about social, civic, and policy decisions affecting our young people.  These events are creating open and safe spaces for us to ask young people how we can engage them more in our work, what they would like to see on our youth council and what they want to say.

Our first stop in the U.K. was a stark, honest conversation with London’s youth reminded us all how important it is to bring them to the table on decisions, policies, and programs that impact their lives. 

The youth attendees shared not only their needs and fears, but their unwavering desire to drive change in their communities.

Amy, 17 told us: “Young people are getting angry - there is unrest on the streets – we do not want to feel unsafe anymore. There is going to be a big change coming, and it is going to be my generation and that makes me excited and hopeful.”

We need more voices echoing the #voiceofyouth. We need you! Let others know you’re committed to youth voice and rights, and to getting children and young people the tools they need to live lives of dignity and independence.  

Make sure to tell us why listening to youth is important—we’ll keep you updated as we take our tour to new places.

Our audience were keen to hear from young people
Our audience were keen to hear from young people

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Feb 2, 2018

A quick update about our anti-trafficking partner

Women at SKHM become entrepreneurs
Women at SKHM become entrepreneurs
Thank you again for your donation to Global Fund for Children’s anti-trafficking project! You’re directly helping trafficked survivors and their children in Kolkata and Kathmandu to get education, therapy, and other skill-building support, through our local partners South Kolkata Hamari Muskan(SKHM) and Center for Awareness Promotion(CAP).
 
SKHM is transforming the trafficked girl’s world from violence and exploitation into one of independence and entrepreneurship. SKHM girls and women go through rehabilitation and reintegration that is enhanced with life-skills training.

One of SKHM’s newest initiatives, called Muskan’s Mukhorochois, is a special food business venture that instills practical knowledge, plus, the indispensable benefit of self-confidence and belief in the woman’s own brighter future.

The women behind the kiosk in the first photo are selling their own samosas and chai tea through Muskan’s Mukhorochok.

In addition to helping women survivors, SKHM and CAP recognize that children of survivors have been severely traumatized, too, so they adapt events and activities that provide lighter moments for younger ones. It’s an opportunity to just be kids.

SKHM holds an annual “Exhibition for Tiny Tots” art show for children of SKHM moms, ages 3 to 6. The little artists are always thrilled to display (and show off!) their artworks. SKHM sent the photos below of their recent show.

Many thanks again for your generosity and for being with us to make sure all children, like those served by SKHM and CAP, are safe, strong, and valued.
 
We’ll keep you informed about progress of this project. And if you have any comments or questions, contact me at tmokrzycki@globalfundforchildren.org. 
 
Little artists show off their handiwork
Little artists show off their handiwork
Creativity and enjoyment at SKHM
Creativity and enjoyment at SKHM
 
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