The core principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are based on non-discrimination among children, their right to life and development, and the devotion to the best interests of the child in all circumstances.
Today, increasing inequalities, conflicts, and natural disasters in various regions hinder the implementation of these rights, resulting in the mass violation of children’s rights.
The prevention of children’s access to essential nutrition and clean drinking water, depriving children of their family environment, subjecting them to abuse, and causing their death or injury through the use of chemical and conventional weapons are currently among the primary violations of children’s rights. Therefore, children affected by ongoing wars and migration issues, forced to work due to financial constraints, should be protected within the scope of these rights. Every decision impacting children should be made to ensure the best interests of the child and prioritize their best interests.
In this context, ASAM, actively engaged in the field of child protection, has conducted protection and needs assessments for 131,643 children in the past year. Among the children provided with protection and needs assessments, 124,710 were identified to have unmet basic needs, 46,678 were “out-of-school”, 38,268 were affected by disasters, 18,344 were unable to access services due to a lack of official documentation, and 10,968 were identified to have experienced violence, abuse, or neglect.
For the 118,823 children identified with protection needs, counseling services were provided 331,435 times. The counseling offered, in order of frequency, include educational, social, legal, health, post-disaster and crisis, and psychosocial support counseling.
As part of its schooling activities, ASAM has facilitated access to formal/informal education opportunities for a total of 35,113 children, including 17,215 girls and 17,898 boys who were unable to access education services.
Through its projects and in collaboration with its partners, ASAM works to create opportunities for the equal development of children, enhance their well-being, and raise awareness to make their voices heard.
As ASAM, we wish for a world where children can fully enjoy their rights.