Blog Action day
Oct 16 2013

Blog Action Day: The Right to Dream

Paul Pearce

Paul Pearce, CFCA director of global strategy, visits with sponsored friends in India.

CFCA has joined Blog Action Day, which asks bloggers to post about the same issue on the same day. This year, the topic is “Human Rights.”

By Paul Pearce, director of global strategy

We are born into a divided and unfair world.

What are we to do when we wake up in this divided world?

What are we to do against extreme positions, which motivate or manipulate others to make the desperate choice of violence to the other in its many forms?

It seems our response needs to start with a belief and desire for the economic, cultural and emotional success of each person.

We need to take that belief and respond at all levels of society, from elections and legal reforms to grassroots activism and even how we conduct our own lives.

Our work at CFCA takes us to the front lines of hope.

We work one community, one family, one person at a time.

The desire to project a vision of one’s future life is what we might call a “right to dream.”

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Dennis, a CFCA sponsored child in Meru, Kenya, dreams of being a pilot.

We believe everyone has the right to have hope for their future, but if these dreams are cut short what does society lose?

CFCA invests in those dreams, and shows us what we would have lost had those dreams been lost.

An orphan in Bolivia becomes a leader in agronomy and increases food production through adobe greenhouses across an entire region of the country.

A 65-year old woman in the Dominican Republic learns to read and write for the first time and nurtures a group of at-risk young women to avoid the negative influences of her violence-ridden neighborhood.

A young student in Guatemala studies at night after working all day in a bakery to earn a degree which eventually will lead his family to a more stable economic situation.

Parents from all national, ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds have dreams for their children.

The number one dream for parents living on the margins of society is that their child will grow up to be a good person, and that he or she will achieve a good education.

These parents do not want their child to experience the back-breaking work they have gone through.

The rights of adequate food, housing and protection are critical to a person’s well-being., but sometimes we think this comes at a cost to the larger society as a whole.

I believe if we include the right to dream, the right to a horizon farther than surviving the day, we will realize basic rights are not only a reasonable cost for society to share, but an absolutely loving investment in our shared future.

Let us starve the next war. Let us contribute our genuine efforts for opportunity across all lines that divide us.

We need to be present in the moment and working before, during and after violence or exploitation.

When the latest violent movement or tragedy knocks at our door, let us not be there.


CFCA sponsored child, Estefany, reads an activity book from her sponsor.

Let us be in the library, in the field and in the schools creating our own futures.

And let us offer an invitation for anyone to join us there.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt on the universal declaration of human rights

4 thoughts on “Blog Action Day: The Right to Dream”

  1. A wonderful post with some poignant points that bring home our individual responsibility to reach out to others, and lift them up so the whole world can be a better place!

    All of the posts I have read so far have centred around the same points…it all comes back to US, and our awareness of the importance of LIVING the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!

    I love the pictures, they add more intensity to your already compelling words…love the bright-eyed smiles too!

    Peace and Love,

    Ang :-)

    p.s. Here is a link to my #Human Rights post for #BlogActionDay –

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