Program funds a better life for children of the Commonwealth

The Olympics Sports team Abdul Rahim and Muhammad Sadiq Padela, Gold Coast Australia, Apr 6, 2018: Almost 12 million children in 52 Commonwealth countries have benefited from a UK£6.5 million program organized by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF Program funds.

The joint program has funded HIV and AIDS support projects in Kenya, Mozambique and Swaziland, helped to abolish child labour and child marriage in Bangladesh, assisted the disabled in Malaysia, reduced violence against children in Belize and improved children’s rights in Scotland.

Program ambassador and Cameroon boxer Clotilde ESSIANE (CMR) has been working with UNICEF to help the 33 per cent of children in her country who have no birth certificate.

“”It is a very important issue in Cameroon so I’m trying to give my worth beyond the (boxing) ring so the world can understand and help those kids get a birth certificate,” ESSIANE said.

CGF chief executive David GREVEMBERG said the program, launched at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, “speaks to everything we (CGF) are looking to do” to improve the lives of children in the Commonwealth.

A report on the program was released on Friday 6 April to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. —- GC2018

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