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Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden was Patron of the First World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children when a girl stood up and shared her personal experience of sexual abuse.
"My concern for children who are abused, who are suffering and in difficulty was deepened when, in connection with that Congress, I realized the magnitude of the problems involved. I then decided to become personally involved," said Queen Silvia.
Her Majesty founded World Childhood Foundation in 1999 together with 14 family foundations, private individuals and companies that all shared her vision.
Since then, the organization has grown to support children who are victims of abuse and sexual exploitation, street children, children in alternative care and families at risk in more than 100 programs annually in 17 countries. More than 600 projects have received nearly $80 million. The Foundation has offices in Sweden, Brazil, Germany and the U.S.
The mission of World Childhood Foundation is to defend the rights of children and to promote better living conditions for vulnerable and exploited children at risk all over the world.
By investing in children and their families today, we prevent abuse, neglect and marginalization for years to come.