The KidsRights Foundation is an international children's aid and advocacy organisation based in
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Founded in 2003, KidsRights raises funds for independent local aid projects in a number of countries around the world, including Zimbabwe, Ukraineand Haiti.
"KidsRights seeks to give a voice to the utterly voiceless," the organisation quotes
Nobel Peace Prizelaureate Desmond Tutuas saying.
The organisation's mission is to support and empower vulnerable children around the world, by raising funds for small-scale local projects, and by raising awareness for children’s rights through the international media.
The foundation has instituted an annual award, the
International Children's Peace Prize, to honour a child who has made a significant contribution to advocating children's rights and improving the situation of vulnerable children. The first Children's Peace Prize was presented in 2005by Mikhail Gorbachevduring the Nobel for Peace Summit in Rome, an annual meeting of Nobel Peace Prize winners. The $10,000 prize was posthumously awarded to Nkosi Johnson, a South African boy who brought attention to children with HIV/ AIDSand set up the Nkosi's Havenorphanage.
Charitable events to raise funds for KidsRights have been nationally televised in the
Netherlandsand have featured performances from well-known artists like Andrea Bocelli, Ronan Keating, Ilse de Lange and the Sugababes. Corporate sponsors include Trust, KLMand ABN-AMRO.
KidsRights Foundation is not related to KIDSRIGHTS, an
Indianapolis-based publisher and distributor of materials on child abuse prevention and treatment.
* [http://www.kidsrights.info KidsRights Foundation]
* [http://www.childrenspeaceprize.org/ Children's Peace Price]
* [http://www.net4kids.org/content/about/projpartners.htm Net4Kids]
* [http://www.allegoededoelen.nl/index.php?gd=1277 AllegoedeDoelen.nl] (Dutch)
* [http://www.zqcentral.com/index/news/show/2703 zQCentral.com] (Dutch)
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