The 2018 International Children’s Peace Prize nominees

Mariam

Georgia, 15 years
Nominated by Caritas Georgia

Issues: Child ParticipationStreet Children

2018 Children's Peace Prize nominee Mariam

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Do not be afraid to come out and tell your story, because I am here to listen to you. Our planet needs a mantle of peace and love.

Mariam's story

Mariam, 15, lost both her parents when she was young, and after a traumatic time living with her uncles, she now lives in a small children’s home in Georgia. Having grown in confidence, Mariam now supports and protects the children around her. She started training sessions in the daycare center for children living and working on the streets, using her own story to help them open up about their own problems. She played a valued part in discussions at the Public Defender’s office, pointing to areas of childcare where the Convention on the Rights of the Child must be implemented. She chaired a session in the Parliamentary Committee supported by UNICEF, about access to education for children with disabilities, and she secured sports equipment for visually-impaired children in Georgia. Mariam speaks three languages and wants to learn even more to spread her message as far as possible.

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