Following the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz in New York City, May 25 was established as Missing Children’s Day in the US by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
Every year since then, 25 May is commemorated as International Missing Children’s Day; honoring missing and abducted children while celebrating those who have been found and reunited with family.
The forget-me-not flower is the symbol of International Missing Children’s Day.
Missing Child Kenya is a community led portal that works with organizations and individuals in the child protection sector and the public to help share information on missing children using various media platforms and increase search efforts at no cost to the affected families. The goal of Missing Child Kenya is to boost search efforts for missing children by sharing photo posters and alerts to as broad an audience and in the fastest of time as possible.
On International Missing Children’s day, there is a massive, worldwide social media campaign where participants are encouraged to share images of those who are still missing on all forms of social media as well as celebrating stories of those who have been found.
Kenya Premier League together with AFC leopards and Gor Mahia supported Missing Child Kenya’s cause for awareness to celebrate International Missing Children’s day 2019 through a CSR initiative during the 2 clubs’ Mashemeji Derby encounter on Sunday May 19 at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani.
Across the world, Footballers are accompanied to the pitch by child mascots as a way of honoring the role played by these children. The 2 team players walked across the pitch holding photographs of missing children to raise awareness about this alarming trend in Kenya. KTN aired the Live Match across Kenya. On an update of good news… 3 of the children were found and reunited with family.
Missing Child Kenya depends a lot on the social good of individuals across Kenya. When you share a missing child alert, you are making your much valued individual contribution to reuniting a missing child with their family. With your help we continue to grow and make our community outreach efforts more sustainable.
Over one million children are reported missing annually around the globe. While the ICMEC- International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children’s 29 member-country GMCN believes that one missing child is too many, the reality is that it’s very difficult to get accurate missing children numbers from many countries,including Kenya. But we do know that conservative estimates from fewer than a dozen countries quickly add up to more than a million missing children. ICMEC is tirelessly looking for ways to quantify the real numbers which we fear total well into the multi-millions.
Gathering the data necessary to impact change for missing children is a global responsibility. If the UN Sustainable Development Goals are going to end violence against children by 2030, then there is a need to address the methods in which children become vulnerable to violence. “No matter the reason behind a child going missing, a missing child is vulnerable to violence and exploitation,” said Caroline Humer, Director of the Global Missing Children’s Center which oversees the GMCN. “We must unite to create global guidelines and from there a global response.”
International and national organizations, NGOs and other stakeholders dealing with the issue of missing children need to harness their efforts, and enhance data sharing, provision of information and reporting of the missing. As Missing Children Europe puts it, protecting children “is a shared responsibility of states, at the level of law enforcement authorities, guardians, reception centers, hotline operators, and more. Failing cooperation and coordination amongst national and transnational stakeholders causes obstacles to bringing the children to safety and protecting them from harm.
On 25 May, look for your country’s missing child alert and their events to keep children safe. On 25 May, we unite to help bring them home.
If you know someone who is looking for a missing child, find out how we may be able to help through our social media platforms for community reach. Our service is FREE of Charge, there are no costs involved.
#IntlMissingChildrensDay – 25 May is a day to celebrate those recovered and remember the thousands still missing. Missing Child Kenya will not rest until we #BringThemHome. #NoChildStandsAlone
Our Toll Free Number 0800 22 33 44 is in place to support the functionality of case management by easing communication, coordination, mobilization, response and follow up of identified and reported cases of missing/lost and found children.
0800 22 33 44 is free of charge to the public but Missing Child Kenya shoulders the call charges. Please support our efforts by helping us meet our monthly call charge fee of KES 20,000 which is set to increase as we create more awareness about our service and reach out to more Kenyans.
Donation Link Supported by M-Changa and Yetu Initiative https://secure.changa.co.ke/myweb/share/13138
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