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Thomas Coram, philanthropist and a friend of children

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One of my daughters moved with her family to London recently, and close to their place, there is a statue in memory of Thomas Coram. They sent me a picture so I got a chance to learn something about this very special person.

Thomas Coram (1668 – 1751) was a philanthropist whose greatest achievement, the Foundling Hospital in 1739, was just one of many projects he pursued throughout his life. He did not receive a proper education, worked different jobs around seaports, as his father is believed to have been a master mariner. Crossed the Atlantic and settled in Boston, Massachusetts working as a shipwright. He made a small fortune in merchant trade between America and Britain.

“While living in Rotherhithe and regularly traveling into London to engage in his business interests (a journey of about 4 miles (6.4 km)), Coram was frequently shocked by the sight of infants exposed in the streets, often in a dying state. He began to agitate for the foundation of a foundling hospital. This institution was to be a children’s home for children and orphans who could not be properly cared for.” (Wikipedia)

His dedication to children set up a model that has lasted for centuries. “He was radical in his thought and methods. He triumphed over the prejudices of a society which tolerated child poverty and destitution as a necessary evil, argued for the education of girls, and spoke up for native Americans and poor sailors left stranded in London. Along the way, he invented new forms of charity and fundraising, incidentally making Handel’s Messiah famous, and helping Hogarth reinvent portrait painting.“(

The Coram Foundation works intensively to foster children’s rights

(Click on the links to know more about Thomas Coram)

X. Allué (Editor)

(Note: Thomas Corman commandeered a merchant ship during the Spanish Succession War, helping the Archiduke side, and thus Catalonia…)



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4 enero 2018 at 10:35

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Universal Children’s Day, 20 November

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United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

Universal Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children.

To celebrate this year’s Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF has invited children from around the world taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted on 20th November.

(November 20th may commemorate some other historical events such as the “physical ” end of Spain’s Franco dictatorship, or the assassination of an honest pediatrician, Santiago Brouard in 1984, as mentioned occasionally in this blog ( But, then again, those are grown-ups things to remember.

We want children to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfill their potential, as Justin Forsyth UNICEF Deputy Executive Director said.

It’s a fun day, with a serious message:


Xavier Allué (Editor)

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20 noviembre 2017 at 8:36

20-N Dia mundial de los derechos del niño 2011

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El vigésimo dia del mes de noviembre coincide con quizá demasiados acontecimientos. Este año, como sabéis, hay elecciones al Parlamento español.

Para los españoles y durante bastante tiempo ha representado, con la muerte del dictador Franco en 1975, el final de la dictadura y el comienzo del proceso de normalización democrática. Coincidía además con el aniversario de la también muerte–ésta en 1936–del referente político del que fué Partido Único durante la dictadura. Otro luctuoso suceso fué el asesinato del pediatra vasco Santiago Brouard en 1984. Además se celebra el aniversario de la Revolución Mexicana. Pero a los efectos de este blog, recordamos ese día como el Dia Universal de la Infancia o, como quiere UNICEF, el Dia Mundial de los Derechos del Niño desde que en 1954 la Organización de las Naciones Unidas así lo decidió.

Cada año nos hemos hecho eco del acontecimiento: El recuerdo anual a los derechos del niño-20 aniversario de la declaración de la ONU en 2009 y

20-N, derechos de los niños y “Los cuatrocientos golpes” en 2010.

Este año UNICEF lo dedicó principalmente a la situación de los adolescentes , pero las circunstancias de la actualidad nos llevan a considerar la Crisis en el cuerno de África (ver éste video ) como el peor problema que afecta aniños en este momento. Y eso sin olvidar Haití y otros muchos lugares porque se trata de niños, sin importar dónde se encuentran.

X. Allué (Editor)

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17 noviembre 2011 at 16:28

Una ley de derechos y oportunidades para la infancia y adolescencia

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En junio pasado se publicó la nueva Ley de derechos y oportunidades para la infancia y la adolescencia del gobierno de Cataluña. Esta ley substituye la de 2006 y tiene bastantes cualidades al contemplar de forma comprensiva la casi totalidad de aspectos a proteger en la infancia.

El texto en catalán está bien traducido en el BOE como enlazamos más arriba y bien puede servir de referencia en otros ámbitos. Se apoya en el nuevo Código Civil catalán y es de notar la cita de las oportunidades como “…los nuevos caminos que es necesario abrir…” para los menores.

Y de especial interés son los artículos dedicados a los malos tratos que incluyen todas las situaciones contemplables que, en una disposición con rango de ley, facilitan los ejercicios de protección.

X. Allué (Editor)

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22 febrero 2011 at 14:25