Working to Prevent and End Violence

On August 16, 2017, the Executive Director of LCCF, representing non-profit organizations, along with the President of the National Chamber of Commerce of BCS, representing business people, and the President of the State Commission of Human Rights in BCS, met with Carlos Mendoza, Governor of the State, Ricardo Bucio, Executive Secretary of the National System for the Comprehensive Protection of Children and Adolescents (from the Federal Government) and Dora Giusti, Head of Child Protection at UNICEF, an agency promoting this Global Alliance, to express their commitment to end violence against children and teens.

The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation has been working for 15 years as a non-profit organization to provide a better quality of life for children in Baja California Sur. Our commitment to their well-being has been manifested mainly by supporting programs that address health issues. Understanding health as defined by the World Health Organization is “… a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not just the absence of disease or illness”. In 2016 we began to invest in programs that not only deal with problems to do with the physical, mental or emotional health of children, but also in projects that focus on prevention. The prevention of obesity, addiction and now, the prevention of violence.

The World Health Organization (WHO) also notes that “the ability to live in harmony in a constantly changing world is indispensable for the healthy development of the child”. In our daily work we sometimes realize that physical illness is the least of a child’s problems. For this reason, we are sensitive to the importance of ending violence that prevents harmony and healthy development in children and teens.

Those of us who work in the non-profit organization realize every day that alone we can achieve nothing. Everyone must commit to ending violence against children and teens. But it is in alliances like this one, born of international cooperation agencies, and driven by governments of countries and states and which promote active participation of all society: media, schools, companies, churches, non-profit organizations, it is in these forums that we must propose, implement and follow up on actions that can really change the lives of our children.

The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, wants to change the world, one child at a time, and for that reason joins this challenge and invites all non-profit organizations, especially those that benefit children, to become aware of it, and to join the challenge on prevention and to also commit to this Alliance.

Marshall Rosenberg, an American psychologist who dedicated his professional life to study and write about nonviolent communication, said that “when communication supports compassion, giving and receiving, happiness replaces violence.” LCCF invites you to reflect on all the violence that is observed in our world, so that adults may always promote this positive communication and that happiness replaces the violence in our homes and on our streets. It is this happiness and non-violence with which we should infect the children. This is a collective responsibility. Let us all commit ourselves to putting an end to violence, for the good of the children and of our society.

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