Child 10 is an annual summit that gathers and recognizes 10 exceptional individuals and grass root leaders from around the world for their brave and relentless struggle to protect and prevent child abuse, exploitation and violations.
The selected Child 10 Awardees will receive an unique opportunity to meet, learn and share experiences during a 2 day exclusive summit in Sweden. The mission is to inspire, boost and speed up their impact. The summit closes with the Child 10 Award, a ceremony where invited guests are given the opportunity to celebrate the Awardees and learn more about innovative methods to prevent violations of children’s rights. During the ceremony, the Awardees are also rewarded with a grant.
This year Child 10 Award & Summit are focusing on children without documentation who are living outside the society and safety net. Despite that the best interests of children must be the primary concern in making decisions, no matter living conditions or legal status, the reality shows another practice. Children without papers are particularly vulnerable to be exposed by violence, abuse and exploitation. Right now, Child 10 are searching for brave leaders who support the millions of children worldwide who live without papers -
but not without rights.
Meet some of our previous awardees
Child10 Awardee 2017
Action pour les Enfants (APLE), Cambodia
Nearly 10% of Cambodian children are subjected to sexual abuse or exploitation before the age of 18. Since 2003, Seila Samleang has led APLE to partner up with the local police to assist them with child-friendly investigation processes, and offer legal and social support to the children affected.
Damnok Toek, Cambodia
Due to socio-economic instability in Thailand and Cambodia, nearly 25 unaccompanied children cross the border each day to seek refuge. Sam Sovannarith aim to prevent child trafficking and sexual exploitation, rehabilitate traumatized youths and guide them to social inclusion.
In the Great Lakes Region of Africa, over 11 million children have no access to education, and 1 in 10 children become child soldiers. Benson Wereje founded CIYOTA to provide proper education, accommodation and medical care to empower child refugees to create a brighter future for themselves.
Friends of Orphans, Uganda
In Northern Uganda, 60,000 children have been abducted and forcibly militarized, and many young girls suffer from sexual assault and unwanted pregnancy. Ricky Richard Anywar founded FRO to provide self-employment based vocational training for former child soldiers, underaged mothers, and other vulnerable children.
The Schoolbox Project, Greece
In Greek refugee camps, children from nearly ten different countries coexist. There is one thing these multinational refugees have in common: trauma. Belle Sweeney and her team provides trauma-informed education, art and play in mobile schoolhouses made out of converted shipping containers.
Unaccompanied North African child refugees struggle for inclusion into Swedish society, as they lack access to information and education, and often get their asylum visas refused. Sooi Schneider and Tobias Glad created Habibi to help unaccompanied youths gain access to information and provide mental support, as a first step to social integration.
BVES Child Support, DRC
Ceaseless conflicts in the Great Lakes Region of Africa have caused thousands of child refugees to separate from their families, and forced them into a cycle of continuous relocation. Murhabazi Namegabe helps unaccompanied minors find refuge at BVES’s homes and centers, and assist with family reunification while protecting their safety.
Child10 Awardee 2017
Jannes Grundin & Erica Mattelin
Save the Children TF-CBT, Sweden
Child refugees in Sweden often live with untreated posttraumatic stress disorder which can turn into a chronic condition. Jannes Grudin and Erica Mattelin have partnered up with acclaimed researchers, medical professionals, and local NGOs to provide medical aid to children who need psychological support.
Right to Play Palestine, Palestine
The current political conflict in Palestine has negatively affected the country’s education, resulting in 50% of school children being subjected to verbal and/or physical abuse. Jamil Sawalma trains school teachers to use a more child-centered and play-based teaching approach to ensure a safe educational space for children.
Child10 Awardee 2017
Collateral Repair Project (CRP), Jordan
While most NGOs assist conflict-affected children at refugee camps in Jordan, 87% of the children actually live outside of these camps without any educational guidance or psychological support. Amanda Lane leads CRP, an NGO that offers educational and financial aid to urban child refugees.
Thousands of young girls in Peru, often from poor rural families, are being exploited and forced into modern slavery. Josefa Condori Quispe, who was sent away to work as a maid when she was only eight years old, now helps young domestic workers get out of a cycle of abuse.
ECPAT UK Youth Programme, UK
An estimated six million children live in slavery around the world. In the UK, at least 4,000 children are thought to be living in conditions of modern slavery, often trafficked from other countries. In 2009, Debbie Beadle started a weekly support group for young victims of trafficking
There has been a rapid increase of street children in Tanzania in the past years. NGOs estimate there are more than 10,000 homeless children at risk of exploitation, neglect and violence. In 2010, Nyakwesi Mujaya created a drop-in centre where street children can express themselves artistically and regain their self-esteem.
War, conflict and natural disasters have forced millions of people from their homes. According to UNICEF, there are today 50 million children on the move. Many have lost contact with their parents or other family members. To help displaced people find their loved ones, Danish-American brothers David and Christopher Mikkelsen launched REFUNITE, a platform for missing persons that has over 500,000 registered users.
Defence for Children, Sierra Leone
In Sierra Leone, there are around 50,000 street children vulnerable to exploitation, child labour and prostitution. Many are victims of abuse or pushed into criminal activities, but instead of receiving help from the authorities street children are often blamed. Abdul Manaff Kemokai, director of Defence for Children Sierra Leone, oversees community-based legal centres that offer assistance to youngsters who have ended up on the streets.
Empire des Enfants, Senegal
Nearly 8,000 children live on the streets of Dakar. Many have been sent to the Senegalese capital by relatives in rural areas to learn the Quran. But instead of learning, they end up begging in the streets, where they are vulnerable to abuse. When Senegalese-born Anta MBow moved back to Dakar after living in France for decades, she was shocked to see the number of street children – and decided to open a shelter.
Special Attention Project (SAP), Ghana
A large proportion of street children and school drop-outs in Ghana show symptoms of learning difficulties. Being branded slack and indifferent, many children with dyslexia and other special needs drop out of school and wind up in the streets where they are vulnerable to abuse. Margaretha Ubels, a Dutch national who has been working in Ghana since the early 90s, and Ghanaian Ishmael Hammond have set up the Special Attention Project to help these children back to school.
Kaami Arts, Rwanda
In Rwanda, there are an estimated 3,000 street children facing hunger, drug abuse and violence. To survive, they are forced to beg, steal or prostitute themselves. Some take drugs to forget their problems. Three years ago, Rwandan artist Martine Umulisa helped set up a theatre for street children. Through arts, youngsters with psychological trauma can regain confidence and break the cycle of abuse.
M’Lop Tapang, Cambodia
Youth from poor, rural provinces in Cambodia flock to beach resorts in hope of a better future. But many drift into a spiral of drug use, social isolation and abuse. Social entrepreneur Eve Saosarin, who grew up in a refugee camp, started helping six run-away children who lived on the beach. Now his organisation M’Lop Tapang helps more than 5,000 vulnerable youngsters.
Missing Children Europe, Belgium
Across the EU, 250,000 children are reported missing each year. Around 125,000 of them have run away from home or from institutions, escaping violence or neglect, sexual exploitation and abuse. Frustrated by the lack of Pan European cooperation and multidisciplinary solutions, Delphine Moralis led the development of a 24-hour hotline for the investigation into missing children.