Within the framework of the Commissioner’s for Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management official visit, Mr. Christos Stylianides met with the Director-General of “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, Mr. Joseph Varughese and with Mrs. Andria Neocleous, Director of the Humanitarian Division of the Organization, in the European Union House. At the meeting was present also the Head of the Cabinet, Ms. Themis Christophidou.
During the meeting, the Commissioner being aware of the humanitarian action of “Hope For children” CRC Policy Center along with its contribution to Cypriot society was interested about the current humanitarian programs implemented by the Organization. Mr. Varughese presented the “One In Five” campaign combating sexual abuse against children, as well as the “Beat Bullying” campaign. An emphasis was given on the International presence of the Organisation not only through its Chairs but also though international campaigns such as “Children on the Move”, as well as to the technical support that was requested from the Organisation by other International Institutions, due to the experience gained, working on the Children’s rights. The Commissioner was also informed about the 24h European Missing Children Hotline 116000 and the European Helpline for Children and Adolescents.
The Commissioner displayed a particular interest in the Organization’s operation of the two private children’s shelters for unaccompanied minors that are under the legal guardianship of the Director of the Social Welfare Services. As apprised by Mrs. Andria Neocleous, “Homes for Hope” aim to provide a holistic experience to the minors they host, through the provision of psychological, social and legal support along with education.
During the meeting Mr. Varughese officially launched the Core Humanitarian Standards for Advocacy, Lobbying and Policy Support document published few days ago by “Hope For Children” CRC Policy Center, emphasizing at the same time the importance of lobbying and advocacy for the promotion of Human Rights in an international level.
Mr. Stylianides emphasized that no matter how important and essential the humanitarian aid is, cannot be considered as a solution itself and political action and effective solutions are needed.