International Children's Day was established in 1949 by the “Democratic Federation of Women” Congress in Paris. Children's Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world to honor children globally and to encourage understanding between children all over the world. Children's Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination. Children are used as labourers in some countries, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities. Children feeling the effects of war can be displaced because of the armed conflict and/or suffer physical and psychological trauma. Currently there are about 153 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are forced into child labour.
A new campaign from Belgian organisation Child Focus has, for the first time ever, depicted the face of a missing child on regular coin in order to mark the International Day of Missing Children, on May 25th 2016. The 2 euro coin was circulated as means of payment as an ordinary coin would, with the idea being that anyone who spends or receives one of these coins will have the chance to "reflect on the fate of all missing children." One Million 2 Euro "Coins of Hope" feature the Face of a Missing Child. Child Focus convinced 19 governments and a king to make it happen. On the occasion of International Children’ s Day, ‘Coins of Hope’ campaign was launched in Cyprus by the International Humanitarian and Independent Institution “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center.
“Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center is a member organization of the Missing Children Europe network, a network that works towards the well-being of missing and sexually exploited children. “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center provides direct support and prevention services to children who go missing and their families. “Being part of Missing Children Europe’s 116 000 hotline network adds great value to the work that we do”, stated the Director-General of “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center Mr. Joseph Varughese.
The European Hotline for Missing Children 116000 and the Child Abduction Alert in Cyprus are operated by the consortium “Hope For Children” UNCRC Policy Center and Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (SPAVO).