Child's Rights: Series Introduction
At the Micah Project, we are passionate about the rights of children.
We focus on helping kids through the processes of healing from trauma and finding freedom, family and futures in Jesus Christ. With this mission at the heart of all we do, it is essential that we have an understanding of human rights philosophy and its practice in regards to child’s rights and the rights of people who find themselves homeless and/or connected to the streets.
If you’re new to the idea of applying human rights to ministry with disenfranchised children, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a good place to start learning. The document is a statement from countries who have agreed to protect children’s rights. Treaties like this one include a list of rights that countries have recognized as inalienable and serve as frameworks for discussing and applying human rights. In the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the rights listed apply specifically to minors.
No nation currently upholds these rights perfectly, and although the document thoroughly defines each right, the practice of ensuring them brings with it nuanced issues, questions and problems—especially when it comes to working with vulnerable children.
We at Micah are passionate about working through those nuances in order to protect vulnerable children from abuse and violence and to give the Micah boys the best care possible. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some educational material and thoughts about the rights of children here on our blog, going through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and explaining how its ideas apply to us and how we might put them into practice from a Christian perspective. We hope you’ll follow along as we work through these issues while ever “acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly with God.”