Family has always been at the heart of MCM Comic Con, which is why we’re pleased to be partnering with Hope and Homes for Children to assist with the great work that they do around the world to ensure every child has a loving home.
Introducing: MCM Comic Con’s Official Charity Partner
Who are Hope and Homes for Children?
Every child deserves the love and belonging of a safe family home–never the violence, abuse and neglect suffered in orphanages. Since 1994, Hope and Homes for Children have inspired the UN, EU and local and national governments worldwide, from Romania to Rwanda, to close the doors of orphanages forever. In their place, they fight to keep families together, to reunite them, and to create new ones–always working with children, for children.
Their primary concern right now is for the safety of Ukraine’s children, most immediately, for the 100,000 children confined in 700 orphanages across the country, the unseen victims of this conflict, and the children at risk of being separated from their families.
This is Uwera’s story:
By the time Uwera was two and half years old, she couldn’t walk or talk, and she was tiny for her age as a result of being confined to an orphanage from her very first days.
But after three months spent in a family, she was walking very easily. “Uwera is now a happy girl, in good health, assists her foster mother in all. She is prepared to start nursery school this year.” Atete, Uwera’s foster mother.
See how Hope and Homes for Children helped Uwera in the following film:
How can you support Hope and Homes for Children?
My First Toy: £8 could provide the first toy that a child has ever had, giving them joy and a tool for development
Baby Care Pack:£25 could provide a simple pack of baby essentials: nappies, creams and baby clothes could help to ease the pressure on a new mum, giving her the chance to bond with her baby while we organise the support they need to stay together for good
Find My Family: £86 would cover the cost of tracing the families of two children and carefully laying the groundwork for them to be reunited safely with their family
Keep a Family Together: £600 could allow our experienced family support workers to provide a vulnerable family with the tailored practical and emotional help they need to care for their children and keep them safe from orphanages
Build a New Family: On average it costs £1,680 to build a new family for a child rescued from an institution. This will help fund the full cost of the skilled social work and resources that are needed to help a children feel loved and secure in a new family
Hope and Homes for Children at MCM
Head to the Treehouse space at any point over MCM Comic Con weekend to meet the Hope and Homes for Children team and find out more about the great work that they do.
We’ll also have donation points located around the show floor, to make the process of helping out their very worthy cause as simple as possible!