Youth Recovery Programme is the result of our will to contribute in first person to fighting against youth poverty in all its forms, starting from the most critical and dangerous situations for young people’s life.
At YOU.RE.P. we believe in the importance of family as the first place where you can learn the importance of values such as respect for others, tolerance, self-esteem and self-confidence. The certainty of having a family contributes to children’s education and it can help them making their dreams and projects come true and make the most of their abilities, gifts and aptitudes.
However the lack of a family supporting children while growing up should not be a reason for them not to be able to fulfil their dreams. If this seems to be more true in the countries of the North, it seems to be less the case in developing countries. Here everyone can see with their own eyes too many young people whose future is hanging by a thread: because of poverty their families cannot guarantee them education, health care and other basic needs.
But the situation is even worse for those who do not even have a family: the phenomenon of street children or meninos de rua becomes even more evident. Their future seems lost due to the lack of education, the constant begging, sniffing glue and crimes driven by hunger. They often grow up marginalized, avoided and rejected, but they are normal children and it would be enough to give them that faith and possibility to feel fulfilled they were denied.
New generations are the future, but they are also the continuum of what was achieved by previous generations. Do we really want to let part of this future die in the streets, forgotten by everyone, after a life of deprivation?
Providing every child or young person with a safe place to live, food, access to drinking water, health care, the tools for their school and professional education and the possibility to develop their skills and aptitudes.
No child will have to live in the streets and in poverty.
From article 27,1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
States Parties recognize the right of every child to a standard of living adequate for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual, moral and social development.
From article 24,1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
States Parties recognize the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services.
From article 28,1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
States Parties recognize the right of the child to education, and with a view to achieving this right progressively and on the basis of equal opportunity, they shall, in particular: (a) Make primary education compulsory and available free to all; (b) Encourage the development of different forms of secondary education, including general and vocational education, make them available and accessible to every child, and take appropriate measures such as the introduction of free education and offering financial assistance in case of need; (c) Make higher education accessible to all on the basis of capacity by every appropriate means; (d) Make educational and vocational information and guidance available and accessible to all children; (e) Take measures to encourage regular attendance at schools and the reduction of drop-out rates.
From article 31,1 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child:
States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.