Considerable differences exist between the many kinds of work children do. Some are difficult and demanding, others are more hazardous and even morally reprehensible. Children carry out a very wide range of tasks and activities when they work.
Not all work done by children should be classified as child labor that is to be targeted for elimination. Children’s or adolescents’ participation in work that does not affect their health and personal development or interfere with their schooling, is generally regarded as being something positive. This includes activities such as helping their parents around the house assisting in a family business or earning pocket money outside school hours and during school holidays. These kinds of activities contribute to children’s development and to the welfare of their families; they provide them with skills and experience, and help to prepare them to be productive members of society during their adult life.
The term “child labor” is often defined as work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development Today, throughout the world, around 215 million children work, many full-time. They do not go to school and have little or no time to play. Many do not receive proper
nutrition or care. They are denied the chance to be children. More than half of them are exposed to the worst forms of child labor such as work in hazardous environment, slavery or other forms of forced labor, illicit activities including drug trafficking and prostitution, as well as involvement in armed conflict. Guided by the principles enshrined in the ILO’s Minimum Age Convention No. 138 and the Worst Forms of Child Labor Convention No. 182, the ILO InFocus Programme on Child Labor (IPEC) works to achieve the effective abolition of child labor.
Small World press conference was held on 11 October 2010, under the patronage of H.H Sheikh NAHYAN BIN MUBARAK AL NAHYAN, where his excellency signed an MOU agreement with Plush events company.
A host of ambassadors including but not limited to the American, French , Thai, Swiss, Greek, Swedish, and many more were present among media representatives including CNN, ABC, BBC, Alarabia, Abu dhabi T.V, Dubai T.V, and over 6 international newspaper where light was first shed on all that is Small World and it’s targets.
More than 3000 people will be at the event of which over 1500 are coming from over 120 countries of different origin, along with royalty, celebrities, ambassadors, international and local media and some of the major players’ representatives in the local economy and beyond.
Guests arrive while the food booths from each of the participating countries are open, allowing people to discover new culinary delights from different cultures, to experience the welcoming
habits of each country and to socialize in a festival atmosphere.
The guests are then asked to move to the stage area where they will be seated and welcomed by two hosts who will introduce the event.
Afterward, there will be a slide show that illustrates how the funds were raised and briefly describe the charities that will benefit from them. Later on, an opening ceremony song will be performed by volunteers from different nationalities then the dance show will begin with each country performing its traditional dance.
Once the dances are over, the stage will be open to the world renowned DJ Said Mrad who will ignite the party and invite all to dance the night away.
We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to our patron H.E Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, who supported this truly selfless and humanitarian cause, whether through his words of wisdom and encouragement, or through technical means. We wish to thank our diamond sponsor Mubadala, our partners at HCT (Higher Colleges of Technology) headed by Dr. Tayeb Kamali, and Foresight Group headed by Mr. Fadi Ghaith for their invaluable role and contribution to this charity event.
Moreover we are truly grateful for the emotional and financial support from our families, who contributed altruistically to the ‘Small World’ Charity Event. We would also like to give special thanks to the ‘Small World’ volunteers, headed by Mrs. Karz Abou Baker, and Ms. Mame Diop, who served as yet another addition to making this event a memorable one. In addition we extend our message of appreciation to all of the guests who attended the ‘Small World’ Charity Event, and contributed to bettering the lives of children around the world.
The Small World team; Diana Hamzeh, Dima Jamarkani, Nabil Hamra, Srdjan Preradovic, Adnan Kambrath, Ameer Al Fakih and Firas Azzam, deserves special praise in recognition of their dedication, and hard work through the long hours and many sleepless nights.
Thanks to your tireless efforts and commitment to such a selfless and noble cause, ‘Small World’ 2011 was a massive success. The outstanding and hard work by all of those selected to take part in this event has made this world a better place for future generations, with the funds raised at the event going to children’s charity organizations around the globe.
With your support, help and compassion we hope to continue assisting those most vulnerable in this world in the many years to come, helping ‘Small World’ evolve across our vast planet.
Thank you all and see you at “Small World” 2012.
Small World Founder and President
Salam Hamzeh Ghaith
The ‘Small World’ Charity Event 2012 will focus on a more specific and challenging cause. With tens of thousands of children from around the globe falling victim to the child slavery trade every year, our charity event will be raising money for organizations and projects battling to put an end to this gruesome industry.
The child slavery industry has prospered in many corners of the world, with the industry encompassing every child under the age of 18 who works in an unsafe and hazardous environment. The ‘Small World’ Charity event strives to give hope to the most vulnerable elements of our society by making its contribution to the ILO target of alleviating child slavery by 2016.
This event will open a forum for people to do their part in making this world a better place for those that are most in need. The raised funds will be distributed amongst the nominated children charity groups, as a contribution from the children of the UAE to the children of the world.
SMALLWORLD 2011 – BLAST FROM THE PAST
This event will take place to bring different cultures together for one humane cause.
These countries will be participating to raise funds in support of international charities and organization that focus on help for children in need.
Small World will open the door to further learning and appreciating cultures represented during the festivities.
It will also allow different countries to interact in a highly social atmosphere focused on a good cause and centered on creating an entertaining environment
SmallWorld President Mrs. Salam Hamzeh Ghaith attended a panel discussion at Al Hosn University in the First Volunteer fair. The discussion panel was on ” Exploring the connection between volunteering and entrepreneurship”. Many people attended the fair, and the panel discussion included also other entrepreneurs like Ms. Monja Worlf the Founder of Monyati initiatives and Isabelle Le Bon- Poonoosamy Vice President and Co-Founder of We Care ” Nahtam Social Responsibility”. The panel discussion shed the light on the great role of the volunteer work and the added value that it adds to the volunteer as to the charity work itself. Mrs. Salam mentioned that, In Plush Events ( the company organizing SmallWorld) volunteering played a great role in making SmallWorld a huge success. It created a great atmosphere in the work environment. From the invitees was Mr. Victor L. Hurtado, the US Deputy Chief of Mission who was very proud that the American Corner at Al Hosn University presented America in SmallWorld 2012.
Furthermore, Prof. Abdul Rahim Sabouni the Vice Chancellor and the CEO of AL Hosn University mentioned the great role of SmallWorld in lending a helping hand to the less fortunate children all over the world. As a token of appreciation for the great efforts carried out by SmallWorld Mrs. Salam was handed the Al Hosn crystal award.