A very happy Universal Children’s Day to our entire Al Madad Community!  November 20th marks a number of significant milestones for children’s rights, two of the most important being the UN’s adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child followed by their ratification thirty years later of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The latter truly forms the foundation of all that AMF strives to achieve- the right of self-expression, the right to learn, the right to feel safe.  On this special day I urge everyone to pause and ask themselves, what do I want for the world’s children? The road to a better future can begin with small steps, and we would love to help you get started!

 One easy way is by visiting our new (and eagerly awaited!) website where you can learn more about our work, read about how our donors are making a difference in the lives of the children we serve, and make your own contribution to any one of our programmes.  Another fantastic way to lend your support is by ordering our first ever children’s book, Tell Me a Story, available online here.  Our young authors have outdone themselves on what we hope to be the first of our annual Universal Children’s Day books- just in time for the holiday season!

 You may have also read the comments from Lord Grade, the Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, which recently appeared in the press. While we don’t always agree, the questions he raises around unsuitable and unscrupulous fundraising practices are of concern to us all. We at AMF are extremely lucky to maintain close relationships with our supporters, and while we always do our best to be as transparent as possible I would also urge any of our supporters to contact me personally with any questions they might have as to how we fundraise for our programmes or manage the donations we receive.

 I am also conscious that I write to you during a time of uncertainty in Lebanon, and our thoughts are with our friends, colleagues and pupils as we closely monitor the news each day.  Please be assured that we will continue our work to do the best by those we serve, in whichever political situation we might find ourselves.

 With all good wishes

 Angie Garvich

Managing Director
Al Madad Foundation
[email protected]

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