Delphine Moralis wins Child 10 award for the theme of children on the run
Never before have so many children been on the run. Today, according to UNICEF more than 50 million boys and girls have left their home to escape war, conflicts and poverty. On the road, in camps, or in the streets of big cities, these children are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
For the third year consecutively, Reach for Change and Sophie Stenbeck Family Foundation, organizes the Child 10 Award and Summit. The award recognizes ten leaders of grassroots organizations who have made groundbreaking achievements for children. Among previous awardees are Oby Ezekwesili, who was awarded in the presence of H. M. Queen Silvia after having initiated the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. The campaign was a response to terrorist organization Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Chibok, Nigeria in 2014. Just last week, twenty of them were released from Boko Haram. The fight for the girls’ freedom continues.
For its third edition, the Child 10 Award & Summit, recognizes remarkable leaders of grassroots organizations working with innovative solutions to protect children on the run and their rights. This year's awardees are Josefa Condori Quispe (Peru), Anta Mbow (Senegal), Martine Umulisa (Rwanda), Christopher and David Mikkelsen (Denmark), Debbie Beadle (England), Eve Saosarin (Cambodia), Delphine Moralis (Belgium), Nyakwesi Mujaya (Tanzania), Abdul Manaff Kemokai (Sierra Leone) and Margaretha Ubels, and Ishmael Hammond (Ghana).
From theatre workshops and art therapy to counseling, legal support and shelters for homeless children, their enterprises have one thing in common – they put the children’s needs first. Maybe for the first time in their lives they are being listened to and appreciated. The Child 10 awardees were selected based on the strength of their solutions and the impact of their work, as well as for their entrepreneurial and courageous leadership, and their ambition and potential to grow.
Delphine Moralis, Missing Children Europe, Belgium
Across the EU, 250,000 children are reported missing each year. Around 125,000 of them have run away from home or from institutions, escaping violence or neglect, sexual exploitation and abuse. Frustrated by the lack of Pan European cooperation and multidisciplinary solutions, Delphine Moralis led the development of a 24-hour hotline for the investigation into missing children.
To read more about the award and the other winners, go here.