The Free-Range Parenting Firestorm

By Steven Wright (United States) By now, many of you have heard the story about the Meitiv family in Silver Spring, MD and their “free-range” parenting style who have been investigated by CPS for child neglect simply because they have allowed their kids to walk to and from their local park on their own. Danielle…

Full of Our Parents’ Courage

Fatimata reveals through her testimony her active participation in her community.  People who have known poverty can better describe the humiliations as well as the courage of parents and children in overcoming poverty. Her words were brought to the UN through different steps, different places, from Ouagadougou (on the occasion of the seminar “The poorest…

Let’s Just Help the Nice Ones

By Guy Malfait – The Philippines I still remember my mother, returning one day from the bakery, all turned up side down – a poor woman named Andrea (“And even more, a woman of ill repute!” added my mother) had made a scandal after the baker had “given” her a loaf of bread from the…

Children Without a Childhood

By Devendra Tak (India) “I and the public know What all schoolchildren learn, Those to whom evil is done Do evil in return.” ― W.H. Auden, Collected Poems This week we celebrate Children’s Day in India (on 14 November, former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday). This is also the week which Save the Children marks globally as…

Examining an “Adoption Culture”

By: Diana Skelton (France) Many families have transformed their lives in order to adopt children, both internationally and in their own country, who would otherwise be living in underfunded institutions, or shuffled from one foster home to another. The Southern Baptist Convention (a network of churches with 16 million members) in 2009 launched a call…

Not Everything is Weakness

By: René Muhindo, (Bukavu, République Démocratique du Congo) In my neighborhood I hear judgments like: “They’re strange.  They don’t love their children, they can’t raise them, their children only inherit suffering.”  It’s the typical image that we cast on poor families.  And yet! Old Rukara is 70 years old, for 4 years he endured and…