In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. Guided by the goals, it is now up to all of us, governments, businesses, civil society and the general public to work together to build a better future for everyone.
When Limelight formed, the team decided to put this out our core and commit to the Global Goals. As such, we work with a charity called Buy One Give One (B1G1). Through this charity, for every day of consulting we bill we provide a month of education to a child in some of the worlds poorest areas. Simple but truly life-changing.
We are delighted to give you a brief but very positive update on the progress of our project to protect children from commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) in Colombia’s capital city Bogotá! Things are going really well at the project - our implementing partner is working with 200 children (that’s twice as many as planned!) on CSE prevention at their youth centre, and a further 560 children from two schools in the vicinity, as well as parents & teachers, and young people who are trying to leave sex work/ CSE.
Something they’ve been increasingly focusing on with the children is staying safe online. They’ve had some really constructive conversations about risks online and measures they can take to use social networks in a safe way. Our partner has also been running workshops on financial literacy, teaching young people about saving, budgeting and helping them to begin thinking about a fulfilling future career. The children at the youth centre have also been really enjoying taking part in a range of artistic activities, particularly theatre, which is helping children develop greater respect for their bodies and for the opinions and ideas of their peers. It is a means of expressing difficult emotions and experiences when the children don’t feel comfortable to sit down and talk about them in a more formal setting.
With your support we are keeping children safe from exploitation by helping them to become more resilient to the threats around them and giving them the skills and knowledge to plan safe, happy, fulfilling futures for themselves.