Aishwarya Benzy: World Day Against Child Labour 2020; Voices of DCI Youth Leaders

At this very moment, millions of innocent children are being exploited. Some are wasting away in sweatshops while others are wearing away as they sell their bodies. Deprived of their childhood, dignity, and future, these children are crippled and locked into a continuous cycle of poverty. Children are not property nor are they tools. They are human beings that have the right to develop to their fullest potential. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our commitment is being tested. The children we have been protecting and supporting for years are at their most vulnerable. Although times may be tough for us, imagine how unbearable life must be for those families whose livelihoods have been snatched away as they are ravaged by a merciless virus. With no other option to support their families, what will be the fates of the children we have fought so hard for? During these trying times, we cannot afford to withdraw our support and commitment. These vulnerable children need our help now more than ever. We cannot give up on them.
Aish Benzy
Youth Leader, Distressed Children & Infants International (DCI)
About Aish Benzy
Aish Benzy lives in Connecticut. She is a rising senior at Cheshire High School. Working with DCI since the age of 13 her support and dedication towards DCI’s mission has been unwavering. Learning about the plight of children like herself, around the world, has given her a new perspective on the world and motivated her to make a difference in her position of privilege.