Things You Can Do to Promote Child Welfare on World Children’s Day

19 November 2021

This November 20th, we join with religious leaders, civil society activists, individuals, and nations across the globe to observe World Children’s Day.

Like the Savior, we believe that children hold divine worth and deserve our love, care, and protection. He said, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me” (Matthew 18:4–5).

Unfortunately, reality often falls short of the world vision for child welfare that we celebrate on this day of international togetherness. Currently, over 365 million children live in extreme poverty without access to necessities like clean water and nutrition. Roughly half the children of the world lack access to basic health services, and an estimated 1 billion children have experienced violence or neglect in some form in the past year.

The good news? There are compassionate solutions you can implement in your own community to help promote children’s welfare. To start, you can educate your children on their own human rights to life, health, family, education, play, and freedom of expression, thought, conscience, and religion. In addition, you can advocate for children’s mental health and promote the voices of children in your community through youth forums and support groups.

And of course, participating in service projects focused on child protection and safety can make a big difference too. Here are a few examples of relevant projects to get things started:

  • Simple Quilts Quilting Day (New York area): Join Simple Quilts on World Children’s Day to assemble 100 full-size quilts for those in need (which includes many children).
  • COVID Community Care (Los Angeles area): Help children of medical workers to receive educational help and affordable care while their parents work on the front line of the COVID pandemic.
  • Dolls of Hope (Miami area): Make dolls or teddy bears to bring hope to refugee children and victims of exploitation.

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