In June 2021, Rwandan care leaver Aimé became one of just 30 speakers invited to share their experiences of care with the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. But it’s been a long journey from his lonely cot in Wikwiheba Mwana orphanage.
For care reform to truly flourish at scale, it requires greater coherence, collaboration and to be centre-stage in global initiatives to promote human rights, address poverty and build community resilience. Read our recommendations for the 2021 United Nations Day of General Discussion on Children’s Rights and Alternative Care
A number of children with disabilities, reunited with their families through our work, are now calling on the UN to recognise orphanages as one of the biggest barriers to progress on creating safe, healthy and inclusive communities.
Brussels, 8 April 2021: Today, on International Romani Day, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Hope and Homes for Children, and Eurochild call on European states to commit to closing down institutions for children, and providing appropriate child and family support services for Romani children who are overrepresented in state care