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Recent Events

AFI Young Changemakers at Senegalese Parliament
September 2016




AFI 2016 Senegal Changemakers

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Read the Most Recent AFI Changemaker and Summit Reports

Right to DevelopmentExtreme Poverty ReportFreedom of Expression




Discrimination LithuaniaHuman Trafficking ReportDiscrimination Lithuania

    



YOUTH SUMMIT ON CHILDREN’S HUMAN RIGHTS
A PARALLEL EVENT TO THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
AT THE PALAIS DES NATIONS– GENEVA
June 2016


AFI 2016 Youth Summit

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Global Youth Service Day Zambia 16th April, 2016
Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education

This year’s Global Youth Services Day event in Zambia was held on the 16th of April, 2016 by Ariel Foundation International (AFI) in partnership with Advocacy on Human Development (AOHD) under the 4th Sustainable Development Goal dubbed as “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. Ariel Foundation International Zambia country Coordinator Mr Clyde Milimo, on behalf of the AFI President Dr. Ariel King, addressed about 20 youths from Mufulira district on the Copperbelt province. This is a district that has been badly hit by miners’ job losses on a large scale, has very high HIV and poverty rates whose adverse effects can easily be seen around the communities that people live in. Among the participants were some youths with physical disabilities who expressed stigmatization at the manner in which educational services are currently being offered to them.

From the commemoration of this event, a technical youth working group has been formed that will be upholding and advocating for inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all through the Ariel Foundation International in Zambia.

Mr Milimo also hinted on the “Youth Service” as a new approach to working with young people. He said that the goal of Youth Service was to help youths find the best option for education, training or work and that It aims to get young people into education, training or work-based learning. This would help young people gain the skills to find a job and have an independent future regardless of their status in Society.

 

Limbe-Cameroon Ariel Foundation International

In Limbe-Cameroon, ASSOCIATION FOR THE PROTECTION OF WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS (APWCR) in coordination with Ariel Foundation International, ten children and young people volunteered to serve their communities by reducing mosquitoes bites that causes malaria by cleaning an upper part of a stream under the bridge linking the Cassava farms quarter and Lumpsum quarter in Limbe – Cameroon The participants included These are the names of those who participated: Ndu Benis Ndem, Enow Marion, Tawoh Nissi Nkie, Njewel Stephanie, Nkem Anita, Angadam Gilbert, Ngwota Vanessa Princess, Mbamu John, Kwenyi Sylvanus and Ojah Tawoh Wisdom.



AFI Changemakers at UK Parliament
Summit on International Development and Human Rights
16 November 2015
Eurochild Presents At AFI Event at UN

UN Changemakers AFI Parliament Week

UK Parliament Week is all about celebrating democracy, and it also was the perfect time for young people to make their voices heard. AFI Changemakers was an official partner organisation of Parliament Week, where it held its own event, at the Parliament called AFI Changemakers Youth Forum on International Development and Human Rights.  Click here


30th Human Rights Council Parallel Event
Children Promoting Human Rights Summit
Friday October 2, 2015




Dr. Ariel R. King Speaks on HIV/AIDS,
Children's Rights and Violence Against Women
in Barbados December 2015






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AFI Children's Delegation to the European Parliament for International Children's Day 2015



Ariel Foundation conducted a delegation of promising children leaders to the European Parliament for International Children's Day November 2015 where this special presentations was made.

AFI Changemakers at UK Parliament
Summit on International Development and Human Rights
16 November 2015

Eurochild Presents At AFI Event at UN



UK Parliament Week is all about celebrating democracy, and it also was the perfect time for young people to make their voices heard. AFI Changemakers was an official partner organisation of Parliament Week, where it held its own event, at the Parliament called AFI Changemakers Youth Forum on International Development and Human Rights.

June 19th AFI Panel on Children in Alternative Care,
Parallel Event at the 29th Human Rights Council
at the United Nations in Geneva



Eurochild Presents At AFI Event at UN
AFI panel on Children in Alternative Care Parallel event at UN 29th Human Rights Council

Read Eurochild Article on the AFI Alternative Care Panel

On 19th June, Ariel Foundation International President, Dr. Ariel King organized and Chaired the United Nations 29th Human Rights Council parallel event on Alternative Care for Children.   The event was co-hosted by the Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation, Eurochild, La Porte Ouverte Wallonie, and CFAH.

The panel speakers included Aagje Ieven, who introduced Eurochild's work on alternative care, its vision and work on de-institutionalisation for children in Europe and the Opening Doors Campaign. Maud Stiernet from Eurochild member La Porte Ouverte Wallonie, presented on the diversity and challenges of foster care families.

  Other speakers on the panel included testimonies by young care home leavers Edvinas Taparauskas and Deividas Taparauskas from Lithuania, and perspectives from Africa, by H.E. Ambassador Ireneo O. Namboka, and from the United States by Mr. Roy L. Morris, Esq.


AFI Elected Member of Eurochild

http://www.eurochild.org

Eurochild advocates for European children’s rights and well-being to be at the heart of policymaking.   It is a network of organisations working with and for children throughout Europe, striving for a society that respects the rights of children. It influences policies, builds internal capacities, facilitate mutual learning and exchange practice and research. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the foundation of all of its work.

Thus, it is most fitting that on 25 June 2015, Eurochild's Management Board approved eight new members including Ariel Foundation International.   Read more


Ariel Foundation International Joins Eurochild



AFI AFI-­‐ALCF SUMMIT ON CHILDREN PROMOTING PEACE
29TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PARALLEL EVENT

UN 15 JUNE 2015

AFI-ALCF Children delegates at the United Nations is an international children led summit sponsored by Ariel Foundation International and the Ariana-‐Leilani Children’s Foundation International. Its mission is to educate and advocate for children human rights.

On June 15, 2015, international children delegates aged between 7 and 17 years talked together, learned together and promoted children rights and peace together. The children delegates all contributed to the work activities of the United Nations through their participation at the children promoting peace summit.

The summit is conceived, planned and facilitated by the Ariel Foundation International. The June 15, 2015 program was made possible by several talented and dedicated people volunteering their time to make this wonderful summit a great success and a first of its kind: Cheryl Sanders, Sandra Heminger, Hani Abbas, Dr. Ariella (Ariel) King.

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AFI Childrens Peace Summit 2015

Changemakers at the
The World Health Assembly

at the UN Geneva 18-20 May 2015

Individuals with a global conscience and a passion for a better world became involved in the movement for participation on the global stage. Global Leaders (18 to 30 years old) were invited to participate in the 2015 UN World Health Assembly. They attended deliberations and council meetings along with representatives with other young dynamic colleagues from state governments, intergovernmental organisations and civil society.

It was a life-changing experience and they became part of the AFI Changemakers at the UN network




World Health Summit UN

For Photos of the event click here

More Information:
http://www.changemakers-un.org/wha2015/ 


Youth Summit at the United Nations
on Children's Human Rights

On 27 March 2015 Ariel Foundation International and the Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation International co-sponsored a unique event the brought youth from all over Europe to the UN to confer and exchange ideas on human rights.

Youth Summit UN Ariel Foundation

Youth Summit UN Ariel Foundation

Learn more and see the youth in action



AFI CHANGEMAKERS SUMMIT ON
RIGHT TO HEALTH AND ACCESS TO MEDICINES 18-20 FEBRUARY 2015, UNITED NATIONS HQ, GENEVA


Global AFI Changemakers were invited to participate in the Summit on ‘Right to Health & Access to Medicine’. Changemakers also participated in the 2015 UN Social Forum on Access to Medicines, and council meetings along with representatives from member states, intergovernmental organisations and civil society.  AFI Changemakers presented at a side event on the Right to Health that was attended by members of the UN, member states, NGO and others.   A report will be published describing their findings and results of the Summit. Join us and become part of AFI Changemakers - UN network.   Click to see photos of the event.

UN Summit on Social Reform Ariel Foundation International





AFI Changemakers Summit Report to the
UN Right to Development Working Group
December 2014



Ariel Foundation Changemakers Report Ariel King


  Homecoming for Road to Change
  7th of February 2015
Esplanade At Edinburgh Castle/Scottish Parliament Building, Scotland


Matthew McVarish, and its major sponsors Ariel Foundation International, Moira Anderson Foundation, Innocence in Danger and Raphael International Foundation celebrated the completion of his 10,000 miles, 16,000 kilometer 32 cities in 30 European countries, 17 month walk to raise awareness of childhood sexual abuse.  
Learn more at http://roadtochange.eu/royal-mile/

Road to Change Edinburgh Ariel Foundation International Mathew McVarish

See more photos at: RoadtoChangeAFI


CHANGEMAKERS AT THE UN
(GENEVA, DECEMBER 1-2, 2014)

Changemakers UN 2014 Dr. Ariel King

TWO DAYS. COLLABORATE. CONTRIBUTE. EXPERIENCE.

Changemakers from around the world came to Geneva to connect with each other and participate in intense workshops at the United Nations on themes related to the Right to Development.  Outcomes of workshops were fedback at a high level official UN event. The outcomes of the Summit provided a framework for the Changemakers platform to contribute to work of UN in 2015. Summit participants became Changemaker Ambassadors, leaving Geneva inspired and with opportunities to get involved longer term with our work at the UN.

Thank you for Helping AFI and TKF Make a Better Holiday for these Botswana Orphans

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AFI in Partnership with Thandi Khumalo Foundation (TKF) a community based organization in Botswana held a holiday party for orphaned children.
Because of your generosity 275 Botswana HIV/AIDS orphaned children had a day to remember -- with hot meals and gifts.


PROTECTING THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF CHILDREN 
27TH  SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL  
SIDE EVENT

Friday, 15 September 2014
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

Shyami Puvimanasinghe Shyami Puvimanasinghe

     





On September 15, 2014, Ariel Foundation International, the Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation International Le Collectif des Femmes Africaines du Hainaut, and
Raphael Foundation International – “The Road to Change“  sponsored a side event to the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council about Protecting the Human Rights of Children.   The distinguished speakers were:

Dumi Senda (Zimbabwe),
Human Rights Activist, poet, children’s book author, Spoken Performance, “Family or Shame”
 
Matthew McVarish – Special Guest Speaker (UK, Scotland)
Raphael Foundation International – “The Road to Change“ , harmonization on EU legislation on Child Sexual Abuse

Kristina Stepanova (Lithuania),
Governance Fit for Children, Research on the UNCRC Implementation in the European Union

Roy Morris, JD, MBA (USA),
Legal aspects and harmonization of child protections from legislation to reality
 
Amb. Ireneo Namboka,
Retired Human Rights Officer, OHCHR, African Perspective of Children’s Human 
 
Dipti Kimar, JD (Malaysia),
Protection of children through right to education

Dr. Sakurako Tanaka (Japan),
Children with autism and their realisaiton of human rights

Dr. Ariel King,  Moderator.
President, Ariel Foundation International  & Ariana-­‐Leilani Children’s Foundation


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CHILDREN AND YOUTH HUMAN RIGHTS  IN DEVELOPMENT

27TH  SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL  
SIDE EVENT
 
Friday, 12 September 2014
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland



Shyami Puvimanasinghe Shyami Puvimanasinghe

On September 12, 2014, Ariel Foundation International, the Ariana-Leilani Children's Foundation International Le Collectif des Femmes Africaines du Hainaut, and Mothers
of the Earth International sponsored a side event to the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council about Children and Youth Human Rights in Development.   The distinguished speakers were:

Shyami Puvimanasinghe
, Officer, Right to Development Section, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
 
Amb. Ireneo Namboka, Consultant on human rights, retired human rights officer, OHCHR
 
Dipti Kumar, UN Youth Summit Innovator and Malaysian representative 
 
Amin Khosvari, Co-­‐Chair, UN Youth Summit, and President of Kamideas
 
Aiden Tanaka, High School Student and passionate photographer

Dr. Ariel King, Moderator, President, Ariel Foundation International  & Ariana-­‐Leilani Children’s Foundation

Shyami Puvimanasinghe
 




Ariel Foundation and Other NGO's Exchange One Last Time
with Departing UN High Commissoner for Human Rights
August 5, 2014


HR Pillay

Pillay, whose tenure as the highest UN authority on human rights concluded at the end of August, exchanged one last time with the NGO community in Geneva on various human rights issues and country situations, in particular the space reserved for civil society and human rights defenders.

“When I was appointed High Commissioner for Human Rights, I was in no doubt that civil society would continue to occupy a special place in my work. As a human rights defender myself, it was obvious to me that the views and advice of civil society would be indispensable,” she said.

Pillay highlighted the vital role that NGOs play in raising the attention of her Office on human rights trends and country situations, as well as giving an arena to human rights defenders from across the globe to voice their concerns at the Human Rights Council and other platforms.

The High Commissioner also stressed that human rights defenders should be able to express their views at the UN, free from fear of reprisals.

“I find it abhorrent - as you do – that defenders coming to Geneva as part of their human rights work should be exposed to intimidation, threats and harassment by their Governments, whether here, or on their return home,” she said.

Pillay focused much of her tenure on promoting the rights of women, in keeping with her career as a renowned international jurist and activist for women’s rights.



Protecting and Safeguarding the Human Rights of Children
June 11, 2014 UN 26th Session of the Human Rights Council -- Side Event


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At the United Nations 26th Session of the Human Right Council, a side event, Protecting and Safeguarding the Human Rights of Children was sponsored by  the Ariel Foundation International (AFI) & Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation, and the Inter-African Committee.

Speakers included UNICEF, World YWCA, The Permanent Mission of Nigeria, WURN, and I am SAM Foundation, Family Care and Development International, and Make Mothers Matter.

AFI /ALCFI was represented by Amin Khosvari who gave a presentation on children and violence. The presentation can be watched in this video.







Technology and Arts Camp, Marrakech, Morocco
April 2014


Technology and Arts Camp Marrakech Morrocco Ariel Foundation International

In April 2014, AFI Organized and Sponsored a Technology and Arts Camp for some special children of Marrakech, Morocco.   The children learned how to use and apply computers and use them in the arts.   The children had a wonderful learning experience.

Sports Camp, Marrakech, Morocco
April 2014


Technology and Arts Camp Marrakech Morrocco Ariel Foundation International

In April 2014, also AFI Organized and Sponsored a Sports Camp for some special children of Marrakech, Morocco.   It was a fun and entertaining learning experience for all.

UN Human Rights of the Older Persons:
Solidarity Between Generations
1st April 2014 Palais Des Nations, Geneva


Technology and Arts Camp Marrakech Morrocco Ariel Foundation International

On April 1, 2014, AFI organized a side event to the Human Rights Council Forum at the UN in Geneva.   The side event focuse on the Human Rights of the Older Persons.   It featured opening remarks by Ms. Mónica Roqué, Chairperson of the Social Forum, followed by remarks by distinguished guests Ms. Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights and Mr. Baudelaire Ndong Ella, President of the Human Rights Council.  



AFI UN Human Rights Council Event -
"Right to Education - American Promise at the UN"


Technology and Arts Camp Marrakech Morrocco Ariel Foundation International

American Promise filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson were invited by the Ariel Foundation International to attend the 25th Session of Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where they participated in a panel on “The Right to Education.” The session featured clips from the film, followed by a discussion on the educational experiences of African American boys, and the impact of implicit bias on the right to equal education for marginalized groups everywhere.   The documentary follows the filmaker's son and his friend's education at the elite Dalton School in New York City, providing a window into the lives of two middle-class black families as they navigate the ups and down of parenting and educating their sons.   After a presentation of clips from the film, a panel focused on the significant role implicit bias plays in the right to equal education for marginalized groups. The experience of African American boys within the educational system is not unique to the United States, though it is hardly addressed on the global stage.

Read about the filmmakers’ trip to the United Nations in their blog post for the Open Society Foundation here: Keeping a Promise to Black Boys in America






For more photos from the event, visit AFI Photo Page and the American Promise Facebook page


Peer Health Education Training in HIV/AIDS and Life Skills Held from 3rd to 7th of March, 2014 at Ingwe Secondary School in Ndola and from 17th to 21st of March, 2014 at Masaiti boarding secondary school in Masaiti Districts - Zambia.

HIV/AIDS Training Masaiti Districts Zambia Ariel Foundation International

It is believed that young people are often faced with diverse challenges among which include making correct health choices to enable them grow into responsible adults who can later contribute to national development. It is in this vain that Ariel Foundation International through its country coordinator Clyde Baron Milimo trained 25 pupils in HIV/AIDS and Life skills. The trainings were held from 3rd to 7th and 17th to 21st March 2014.

The objective was to enhance the knowledge levels of pupils on HIV/AIDS and life skills in order to transform them into effective peer educators who can be able to inform and influence others positively.

The trainings aimed at equipping pupils with knowledge in HIV/AIDS and life skills to enable them make healthy choices. Therefore the training came at the right time as it was agreed that all the trained participants were to form the Anti-AIDS club to offer sensitization and awareness through peer education within the schools and the surrounding communities.


Youth Day Celebration Activities held on the 12th of March, 2014 in Masaiti at Kanshiwa Home Based Care Youth Training Centre.

HIV/AIDS Training Masaiti Districts Zambia Ariel Foundation International

This year’s youth day was held on the 12th March 2014 with the theme “Zambia at 50, promoting youth mainstreaming for sustainable national development”. It was in this same vein that Ariel Foundation International through Zambia Country Coordinator Clyde Baron Milimo organised a youth day celebration in Masaiti, Copperbelt Province in Zambia. The youth day celebration was attended by more than 150 youths and a few concerned elderly people who supported the whole event.

During the counselling and testing session 40 youths were tested both male and female. The results showed that out of the 40 tested only one person was found to be HIV reactive.


United Nations 25TH Human Rights Council Side Event on Child Exploitation – Creative Prevention, Advocacy and Healing Hosted by Ariel Foundation International

UN 25th Human Rights Council Side Event on Child Exploitation


Geneva, 7 March 2014 on the occasion of The United Nations 25th Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland a side event on Child Exploitation – Creative Prevention, Advocacy and Healing” organized by Dr. Ariel King, a children’s and youth human rights advocate who is President of the Ariana-Leilani Children’s Foundation International (USA), President of the Ariel Foundation International (Switzerland), and ECOSOC representative for Les Collectif des Femmes Africaines du Hainaut (CFAH). The wide range of participants included UN representatives, Government representatives, NGO representatives, children’s human right defenders, academics, and other interested parties.

A variety of potential solutions have accordingly been suggested and implemented, which can be categorized as four types of action: broad prevention, advocacy and healing, and were explored during the event by the speakers that included Dr. Adebisi Adebayo, Manager for the Inter-African Committee, Homayra Sellier, Innocence in Danger Worldwide, Lorella Bertani, Esq. Legal advocacy in child trafficking and pornography – Switzerland, Bharti Patel, CEO and Debbie Beadle, Youth Manager, and Temitope,(UK),  all from ECPAT-UK, of End Child Prostitution and Trafficking; Christine Bussat, Founder and President - La Marche Blanche, Switzerland, Neha Premjee AFI Youth Leader, (India),  Brigadier Carl Emery, a Co-Founder The Peace Fighters and Police Investigator (Switzerland); William Murray, a Co-Founder of  The Peace Fighters from (Northern Ireland); Silke Gutzmann, Executive Director at Innocence in Danger (Switzerland), Ibtissam Karoui, (Germany), and Dumi Senda – Poet Children book author, The Day the Sun Promised to Smile  FOREVER! – (UK/ Zimbabwe), and Amin Kosrvari an AFI Youth RTD at the UN Co-Chair and founder of Kamideas (Algeria & UK).

Click to see more photos of the event.

Read More: The Peacefighters and Prokick




AFI MAKES POSSIBLE OUR YOUTH TO ENGAGE INTERNATIONAL POLICY FORUMS

Thoughout the year AFI helps many young people from throughout the world, attend and engage in major international policy events in Geneva, Switzerland, and elsewhere in the world.   Read about the experiences of one of those exciting young persons, Amin Khosravi, who is an "Urbanist, Strategist, Creative Thinker, Social Entrepreneur."


Amin Kosvari
Amin Khosravi and AFI President, Dr. Ariel King








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