December 20th was the UN’s International Human Solidarity Day, a day which to many may not mean much, but to us means a lot. For 25 years, DEPDC/GMS has worked and fought for the rights and lives of children in the Greater Mekong Subregion. We don’t need to tell you that it’s not always an easy task, but we’re committed to the children and their right to live the kind of lives that they deserve – safe, free and happy, whatever that means to them.
But without solidarity from people like you and the many staff and volunteers who’ve helped and worked with us along the way, none of this could’ve been possible. It takes the commitment of people willing to stand in solidarity with just causes to make progress happen. For us, whether that means volunteering, donating, spreading news about what we do or keeping up to date with the goings on at DEPDC/GMS, your contribution lets us and, more importantly, the children know that there are people all around the world who know and who care about what’s going on in their lives and what happens to their futures. Especially when you come from disadvantaged backgrounds, that knowledge and support can go much further and means much more than most people would think.
We’d like to spend the rest of this post talking about the things which your solidarity and support have helped DEPDC/GMS achieve and what it helps us continue to do today. DEPDC/GMS and Khun Sompop have worked with thousands of children throughout the Greater Mekong Subregion, and received two Nobel Peace Prize nominations. Over 5 years, we built a network of youth leaders throughout Thailand, Myanmar, the Yunnan State of China, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, otherwise known as the Greater Mekong Subregion. The youth leaders produced by this project have since returned to and created their own projects that now work to solve many of the same issues that we’ve been addressing for 25 years, but with a wider scope than we could achieve by ourselves. We and they stand in solidarity with each other to broaden and strengthen the fight to which we’re all committed, just as we stand in solidarity with you.
We’ve been honoured to receive human rights awards from the US, China and just last year the Swedish Royal family, among many other honours and accolades, all of which we share with you. And every day the children have classes to attend, meals to eat, friends to laugh with, safety to enjoy and a family to care for them, all of which is done with the support and solidarity provided by people like you and the many others we have the privilege to work with. We may never be able to fully thank you for everything you do for us, but we hope that this token of our gratitude lets you know what your solidarity means to us. Together we’re strong, and we will prevail.
If you’d like to continue or expand your solidarity with us by either donating or even volunteering at one of our centres, please don’t hesitate to visit the volunteer information page on our blog and get in touch, or visit our GlobalGiving donations page here to pick which of our programs you’d like to contribute to. Thank you for reading and for keeping up with what’s going on at DEPDC/GMS, just keeping aware makes a meaningful difference.