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Madagascar: Graines de Bitume makes a commitment in favour of children's right to identity!

In 2013, Solidarity Accor and Accor employees in Antananarivo gave their support to Graines de Bitume to help street children to develop a project for their future through the "Projet professionnel" programme. The charity has worked for 15 years with children and young people from Malagasy to improve the country's precarious situation, the growing poverty making the children and their families increasingly vulnerable.

On the occasion of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, Graines de Bitume decided to develop a new activity, speaking with local authorities through an appeal concerning one of the five fundamental and recognised rights of children: the right to an identity.

This theme is dear to the charity, because on average 15% of its workforce lacks a birth certificate, which blocks their access to education, health services and other administrative procedures. Graines de Bitume has multiplied its actions in 2014 to defend this fundamental right.

 

On Thursday, 20th November, the International Day of the Rights of the Child was celebrated in the capital's city hall. This gave the charity the opportunity to raise awareness of this issue among those present, which included the Mayor and members of many ministries, through its participation in a conference-debate. A child of the charity testified on his experience of life without a birth certificate: "I lived in a state of anxiety, sadness and fear. I was afraid of not being able to sit my official exam in 2015."

On Friday, 12th December, Graines de Bitume joined five other local charities to make an institutional plea on a larger scale before the Ministry of Justice. This participation bears witness to the charity's strong involvement in favour of this cause.

But that is not all that Graines de Bitume has done: on Tuesday, 23rd December, the team carried out an important awareness-raising campaign among families in the popular Besarety district of Antananarivo, in order to change their outlook and thus cause a change in their behaviour.

This new activity, which complements the charity's solidarity actions, was a resounding success. It has certainly encouraged Graines de Bitume in its commitments in favour of the future of Malagasy youth.