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WCJS RADIO'S FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERTWCJS CARES FIRST ANNUAL JAZZ CONCERT TO BENEFFIT GHANAIN MOTHERS HOPE AND ECPAT
SAVE THE DATE! On September 28, 2013, the WCJS Radio Cares Project will sponsor it's first annual benefit concert, to be held at Constitution Hall, 1776 D Street, N. W., Washington, DC 20006. All proceeds from this event will go to two well deserving non-profits: Ghanaian Mothers Hope and ECPAT. Tickets for the show are now on sale. Ticket prices are: $25, $45, $60, and $75. Hit the link to your right -----> to purchase your tickets today. Become a sponsor. Follow this link for more information, and to purchase your sponsorship package, or to purchase ad space for the souvenir program at very reasonable rates.
If you are unable to attend the show, there is still a way for you to help out. By making a small donation, you can help these two organizations continue to enhance and save the lives of children. Any amount will be appreciated. Please remember: GIVING A LITTLE CAN REALLY HELP A LOT!
About the Ghanaian Mothers Hope:
When most of us think about childhood we conjure up images of laughing, carefree children. Access to basic education, health care, and safe places to learn and to play rarely enter our thoughts. Regrettably, millions of children throughout the world are not as fortunate. In Ghana, West Africa, many children are forced to stay home to care for younger siblings, sacrificing their own opportunity to receive an education.
Since 2005 Ghanaian Mothers Hope (GMH), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization has been educating children and empowering villages in Ghana, West Africa by building preschools, playgrounds, and health posts. Each year, a group of American volunteers unselfishly devote their time and energy in accomplishing these goals.
In 2007, St. Paul's Preschool, a 2,800 square foot facility built for 125 children in Akramaman village. The school has three large classrooms, kitchen, toilets, storeroom, and even space for a chapel. In 2008 the first playground was installed. Construction of The Akramaman Health Post, a 10-room, 2,900 square foot medical clinic with delivery room, palpation room, observation rooms, immunization room, laboratory room, consultation room, pharmacy, and reception area, soon followed. The facility includes a toilet and shower for maternity patients. Solar panels provide electricity and water.
Germs and soil-borne worms are the most common problem for children in sub-tropical climates - where access to clean water makes personal hygiene and sanitation problematic. Each repeated infection leads to malnutrition, mental retardation, and loss of time in the classroom. The cumulative effect robs a child of a piece of his or her future. By 10 years of age a child may have had 36 worm infestations. The damage sustained in childhood can have irreversible effects in adulthood.
Ghanaian Mothers Hope received a grant from The Child Health Foundation to specially design a good health promoting coloring book for the children in Ghana, West Africa. Jazz guitarist, Drew Davidsen, wrote a special song to go along with the coloring book.
St. Paul's Preschool
Akramaman Health Post
Human Trafficking is a $32 billion industry worldwide, and it is happening throughout the world in every country and across the United States in every major city and small town. According to the Department of State, 2 million women and children are victims of human trafficking every year. In the United States, 300 thousand children are forced into child prostitution and child pornography each year. In Washington DC alone, trafficking innocent children is a $100 million industry.
ECPAT works to build collaboration among local civil society actors and the broader child rights community to form a global social movement for protection of children from sexual exploitation. Its membership reflects the richness and diversity of experience, knowledge and perspectives that arise from working in widely different contexts. ECPAT groups are involved in implementation of various initiatives to protect children at local levels, while the Secretariat provides technical support and information, and holds workshops and other educational forums to extend and exchange knowledge among groups in different countries. It also represents and advocates on key issues at the international level on behalf of the network.
Research and Advocacy
ECPAT exists because the organization believes that children everywhere are entitled to the fundamental right to live free from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation, including prostitution, pornography, and trafficking for sexual purposes. The primary goal of the organization is to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children by raising awareness of the issue, via advocating for the victims, developing policy for private companies, law enforcement, and government bodies to fight the problem, and passing legislation that protects the victims and penalizes the traffickers and exploiters. The organization is responsible for producing Country Monitoring Reports on the status action against the commercial sexual exploitation of children and works closely with international human rights mechanisms and is active in the production of ‘Alternative Reports’ to the Human Rights Council Universal Periodic, as well as similar reports on the implementation of the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. ECPAT also produces a broad variety of research from analysis of legal frameworks, studies on the links between different forms of sexual exploitation such as the use of the Internet and child sex tourism, to emerging areas of concern such as children at-risk from sexual exploitation in emergency and conflict situations.
The collaborative support of governments, NGOs, communities and the private sector is crucial in ensuring that all children are protecting from sexual exploitation. ECPAT International works closely with a number of international platforms to advocate for the better protection of children by lobbying for better laws and policies, as well as by training law enforcement agencies and caregivers.
As a network, ECPAT is also committed to building the capacity of its grass root members around the world. Through the delivery of specialised training, toolkits, resources and direct support in implementing high impact advocacy and action to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children, ECPAT works to empower society to create a positive change for all children.
WCJS RADIO FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT CONCERT
FOR GHANAIAN MOTHERS HOPE AND
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ARE NOW ON SALE
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- $15 provides a safe motherhood birthing kit
- $25 provides 10 children with a health care coloring book
- $35 sends a child to preschool and gives her a vitamin supplement
- $50 provides 50 cement blocks to help build a school
- $100 provides 10 chairs for a preschool
- According to the US Department of State, human
- trafficking is the fastest growing criminal market in the world, second only to drug trafficking.
- This modern-day slavery generates over $32 billion annually for organized crime
- The United States is the world leader of child sex trafficking
- The average age of entry for children victimized by the sex trade industry is 12 years.
- 600,000 – 800,000 people are bought and sold across international borders each year; 50% are children, most are female. The majority of these victims are forced into the commercial sex trade
- Reports of exploited children grow every year, in 2009, the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children received more than 120,000 reports on its cyber tip line. In 2010, the number grew to over 160,000 with the vast majority being from child pornography.