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Top DJ duo NERVO debut song to raise awareness of child labor and human trafficking

Ahead of World Day Against Human Trafficking, top-ranked female DJ duo NERVO have teamed up with the children’s charity Hopeland and the International Labour Organization to urge action on child vulnerability, child labor and human trafficking.

Press Release | July 26 2022

New York/Geneva (Hopeland/ILO News) – All time top-ranking DJ sisters Liv and Mim Nervo have written a new track – debuted during their main stage performance at the Tomorrowland dance music festival in Belgium – to raise awareness of child vulnerability, child labor and trafficking.

The track, composed by NERVO, for a collaboration with children’s charity Hopeland and the International Labour Organization (ILO), was debuted to coincide with World Day Against Human Trafficking on 30 July and is set to be officially released later this year.

NERVO’S performances over three weekends at Tomorrowland, will raise awareness of these pressing issues, so that more people take action to end child labour and trafficking worldwide.

 

After learning more about the issue through our work with Hopeland, we decided that we were going to make a record, do what we do best, to open people's eyes to such a huge global problem."

- Mim Nervo

The first thing we can do is build awareness and support the right organizations, so that we can help spur action to support families, get kids in school and end the cycle of poverty and vulnerability."

- Liv Nervo

NERVO debuting their new track at Tomorrowland as part of their campaign with Hopeland and the ILO to raise awareness of child labor and modern slavery Photo credit: Omri Silver 2022Around the world today, over 160 million children are in child labor, 79 million are in hazardous forms of work and 10 million are in modern slavery. The COVID-19 pandemic and increases in poverty have hampered efforts to reduce these numbers.

Awareness of the issues and an understanding of the action needed are so important, which is why we welcome NERVO’S passion and commitment. We know what works and that’s social protection to support families and tackle poverty, decent work and a fair wage for parents, and access to education for all children,” said Lieve Verboven, Director of the ILO Brussels Office.

Governments have committed to fight poverty and end child labour by 2025 as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. These commitments were restated at the Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour in 2022 as part of the Durban Declaration.

The numbers linked to the issue can be overwhelming, but it is a story of individual children’s lives robbed of their potential. It can however also be a story of hope. We can change families’ situations and children’s lives for the better. By supporting families, child labour and trafficking can be eliminated. Education for all children is possible. It takes action from all of us – that’s why Hopeland uses its platform to bring awareness to this cause and why NERVO’S involvement is a huge boost to our efforts,” said Nick Evans, CEO and Co-Founder of Hopeland and Deborra-lee Furness, Co-Founder of Hopeland.

NERVO will perform the track again during their last performance at this year’s Tomorrowland festival on Sunday 31 July.

For interviews and concert footage please contact:

Lauretta Hunt from Hopeland on: l.hunt@ourhopeland.org

Or newsroom@ilo.org

 

Hopeland pioneers innovative solutions and builds new partnerships to prevent family separation, reunify children who are separated from their families, and mobilize a movement of families to support children who are growing up outside of family care.

The International Labour Organization is the United Nations agency for the world of work. We bring together governments, employers and workers to drive a human-centred approach to the future of work through employment creation, rights at work, social protection and social dialogue.

Supporting Children & Families in NYC

Hopeland is delighted to announce that we are supporting the Post-Permanency Support Program (PPSP) by promoting the important work Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children and New Yorkers For Children are doing to help children transition from foster care to permanent homes. 

PPSP provides essential post-adoption and guardianship services to families, improving outcomes for children and we are proud to be sharing this important work with you – especially as we mark Foster Care Awareness Month in the U.S.

The PPSP is designed to help lay the foundation for the expansion and implementation of post-adoption and guardianship programs in New York City— and in so doing improving the lives of potentially thousands of children and families in the long term whose needs are not being adequately addressed following an adoption or placement into kinship guardianship.

The services provided by the PPSP are especially needed now as state-funded post-permanency services and subsidies have been slowly diminishing over the past decade. 

“Through this project, together with our partners, we hope to help children and families exiting the foster care system by providing them with much needed and consistent support to avoid re-entry into care and ensure their stability and success,” said Kate Trambitskaya, Chief Executive Officer of Spence-Chapin.

“We are thrilled to partner with Spence-Chapin to help bring this important program to New York City. The PPSP has the opportunity to transform the child welfare landscape in NYC by elevating successful approaches to permanency which could serve as a model for additional investment in these critical services,” said Saroya Friedman-Gonzalez, Executive Director of New Yorkers For Children.

In addition to building awareness of the need for services, each year the PPSP will provide services to 100 families, both adoptive families and those participating in the  Office of Children and Family Services’ Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program. Families can access  a wide range of services, including adoption/guardianship-competent programming, trauma-informed care, peer-to-peer support groups, mentorship opportunities, a variety of workshops, and more. The program places a high emphasis on evidence-based practices that can be scaled up, allowing for the greatest impact.

“The Post Permanency Support Program (PPSP) will be an invaluable resource to families after children leave foster care through adoption or guardianship,” said Jess Dannhauser, Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children Services.

Three qualified providers have been selected as subgrantees to operate PPSP: MercyFirst, New Alternatives for Children (NAC), and the Council on Adoptable Children (COAC). In addition to serving individual families, the PPSP will create a learning community, pool knowledge from various agencies, expand the knowledge base in the child welfare field, and build capacity among foster care agencies and other service providers.

Impact from this vital program has already been seen and we are pleased to be able to share these testimonials from just some of the recipients of services: 

“We are so excited to collaborate with New Yorkers For Children and Spence-Chapin to amplify the impact of the Post Permanency Support Program in New York City,” said Deborra-lee Furness and Nicholas Evans, Co-Founders of Hopeland. “Hopeland’s vision is for every child to have a safe, loving family. The children that have traveled the path to adoption have experienced many challenges in their short lifetime and need extra support to be able to thrive. That is why we are delighted to be a part of this groundbreaking program and believe by working together in unity with the same core mission, we can add the important support that every family needs.”

As an organization based in New York City we are always delighted to be able to support programs taking place in our city to benefit children who need a safe, loving family. Keep in touch with us for updates on this great program!

TechLink: Hopeland’s Groundbreaking Program for Youth in NYC

Today our news feeds seem like they are always full of stories of despair – the pandemic, conflict around the world, climate change, and many other pressing issues can cause a sense of dread. Hopeland, and our platform for action and advocacy, is fueled however by a desire to share messages of hope with you all.

In that spirit we are thrilled to announce our partnership with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services and our friends at New Yorkers For Children to create an innovative program for youth in foster care in New York City.

Our program, TechLink, is one of the first ever public-private partnerships to provide coding classes, tech immersion, and career planning for older youth in foster care – a group that Hopeland is focused on helping as we deliver our mission of ensuring every child has a safe, loving family.

TechLink provides coding classes, tech immersion, and career planning for older youth in foster care

Built upon the existing Code Next program Hopeland has partnered with Google to provide youth in foster care with a unique experience that includes other career and college planning support. The initial cohort of high school students has received career path planning education, mentoring and programming that will help them develop a pathway towards a successful STEM career.

In its pilot stage TechLink was launched in January 2021 and has already proven to be a vital program that provides an incredible experience to older youth in foster care. As a result of our program our youth are more empowered and less at risk.

Hopeland is committed to improving the lives of youth in this situation here in the U.S. because, historically, teenagers in the foster care system who eventually age out having never found an adoptive family to care for them have been less likely to graduate, more likely to face homelessness during their lives, and generally more likely to face difficulties. It is our hope that by creating programs like TechLink we can change the direction of these statistics. It is so important that we do everything we can to help these young people and ensure they can thrive.

In the words of our Co-Founder, Deborra-lee Furness, “Hopeland was created to not only give a voice to young people and families but also to take action to deliver our vision of a world where every child has a safe, loving family. I’m over the moon to see Hopeland launch this innovative and exciting program to help young people in NYC thrive!”

Fortunately, even though the problems faced by some young people aging out of foster care have only gotten worse during the pandemic, our programming has made an even more significant impact on the lives of youth by ensuring that they continue to learn, stay connected and advance their aspirational goals.

Although we were unable to hold lessons in person at the program’s state of the art tech lab in the heart of NYC, TechLink has been provided virtually throughout 2021 – impacting the work the youth were able to do and the opportunities that were open to them.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TechLink has taken place virtually since its launch

In spite of the odds, and thanks to the incredible leadership of the TechLink staff, the students have performed amazingly well and delivered some incredible achievements which were displayed at the end of semester presentation. The students have coded their own websites, created YouTube videos and podcasts, and learnt so much more. We can’t wait to see what else they achieve!

Students have said it is great to see women of color in leadership roles and teachers who “look like me”. We know how important it is for young people to have role models they can look up to and how valuable this is in the impact of our program.

A new $100,000 grant allows us to expand the program and add stipends for youth participating in the program

We are also delighted to tell you that we have secured $100,000 in additional funding for the program to allow Techlink to expand in Fall of 2021 and to include a stipend for the youth who are participating. We hope this extra element of TechLink will ensure that every young person who is enrolled in the program not only benefits from the program but also gets some financial help in these difficult times.

We will be sure to share more updates with you as the program expands. TechLink is a great example of the incredible achievements that are possible when we work together with our partners to deliver for children and families around the world who need our help.

Hopeland’s focus on impact and innovation in delivering TechLink as part of our platform for action and advocacy has been key in creating this program that is benefiting youth in NYC today. If you want to learn more about our work please follow us on social media and sign up to support us at our website.

Coldplay Supports Hopeland with the Song ‘Orphans’

Having been deeply impacted by the ongoing crisis in Syria, the British rock band Coldplay were prompted to write the lead single from their latest album, a song called “Orphans” which received significant praise. 

Chris Martin told the BBC at the time of the song’s release about his inspiration for writing the song that, “It seems to me that one of the things that might help people have a better time is to put themselves in other people’s shoes, whether that’s these kids who have to leave Syria, or who grew up in Baltimore, or whatever it might be. Rather than judging from afar, maybe to  think ‘I wonder what it’s like to be there.” We of course completely agree with this powerful message!

The Official Video for ‘Orphans’ by Coldplay, which features Hopeland

The music video for the track featured Hopeland in recognition of the support that Coldplay have for our mission of ensuring every child has a safe, loving home.

Coldplay supports Hopeland’s work through the song ‘Orphans’

Through our work with the band we are pleased to let you know the significant impact that their goodwill has had on our cause.

Coldplay generously donated 10% of the worldwide proceeds from the song to Hopeland and our work to benefit vulnerable children. An incredible donation that helps us continue our vital mission.

Coldplay’s original manager and “fifth member” of the band, Phil Harvey tweeted his support earlier this year saying they were “proud to support Hopeland’s life changing work with children who are separated from their families, through this song.”

You can still sing and dance along to the music video knowing that thanks in part to the generosity of Coldplay our mission and work continues.

Hopeland Recognized for Outstanding Women’s Advocacy

On International Women’s Day, Hopeland was honored to be awarded the EPIQ Women’s Advocacy Award in recognition of our work to empower safe, loving families, and the women who play such an important role in them.

Hopeland is a proud recipient of the EPIQ Women’s Advocacy Award

The award ceremony took place as part of the New York City Bar Association’s International Law Conference on the Status of Women at the Bar Association’s Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. The event saw influential female speakers from around the world speaking on what there was to celebrate in the fight to defend and expand women’s rights but also highlighting what more needs to be done.

Hopeland’s CEO Nick Evans (center) with board members Raegan Moya-Jones (left) and Fiona Bassett (right)

Hopeland was delighted to be included amongst some incredible winners, from fighters for justice for Yazidi women to those making waves in the boardroom and the United Nations! We were moved by their stories of injustice, and inspired by their fight to change the world.

As part of the conference, Hopeland’s newest Board Member Fiona Bassett spoke about the gender economics separating women from their children and Hopeland’s work to tackle this. Fiona is a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank’s subsidiary DWS and is widely recognized for her leadership and innovation in the financial services industry receiving acclaim from American Banker, the Institute of International Finance, Mutual Fund Industry and Crain’s New York Business.

Addressing the room, Fiona said “Hopeland is seeking to effect change through policy, through advocacy, and through campaigns that focus on mobilizing a movement to support the most vulnerable to family separation, to deliver better futures to people, and drive long term equality and opportunity”.

Fiona Bassett addresses the NYC Bar Association on Hopeland’s work

Hopeland’s number one policy goal is to prevent family separation. This forum, which focused on the progress of women internationally, was a particularly significant one at which to discuss this issue because if we improve the lives of women worldwide we also can reduce family separation.

Extreme poverty is the major factor in causing family separation and the World Bank tells us it is one that affects women and girls disproportionately. For every 100 boys in extreme poverty there are 105 girls and, extraordinarily, in the key childbearing age cohort of 25-34 there are 122 women in extreme poverty for every 100 men.

Additionally, female-headed single parent families are more likely to be vulnerable to family separation – in Indonesia for example 75% of single-headed families are female-led and those families are three times more likely to live in poverty.

This fact and the high prevalence of family separation (up to 500,000 children are growing up apart from their families) is why Hopeland’s global work is currently focused on Indonesia.

Hopeland and our partners are developing a landmark intervention to evaluate the impact of community support and economic empowerment tools as a cost-effective solution to address the drivers of family separation, and improve the overall wellbeing of at-risk children and families, with a special focus on households living in poverty.

Fiona discussed this work at the conference and encouraged support for it. The initiative is incredibly important because it aims to support some of the most vulnerable families in Indonesia whilst also developing vital data to change the way the world cares for families vulnerable to separation. If successful our first of its kind project can disrupt a centuries old funding model that supports orphanages and other institutions.

For too long international development and philanthropic efforts have promoted efforts that too often hurt not help vulnerable children – Hopeland is working to change that and so we were proud to be involved in such an important event and to have the opportunity to spread the message of our work.