How you can make sure she’s seen and heard in a world that doesn’t even know she exists.Next
The invisible girl lives on every street
She’s every girl without a birth certificate. In the eyes of the law she doesn’t exist and has no rights to protect her.Next
From Guatemala to Bolivia to El Salvador
it’s estimated that 700,000 children are living without a birth certificate.*1
290,000 children under 5 aren’t registered – the lowest level in all of Latin America.*2
52% of children aged 2-14 will have experienced some form of violence in the past month.*3
*1 *2 *3 - Unicef
No one sees her
She may be invisible to society, but she’s all too visible to some people – the predatory adults who barely recognise her as a human being.Next
Apart from those looking to abuse and exploit her
She’s attractive because she doesn’t exist. So who will notice, or care, if she goes missing? It’s all too easy to traffick her, sell her into slavery or sexually abuse her. Like 10 year old Yessica. A neighbour said she was taking her to the park. But it was a trick. She was pushed to the ground, her mouth taped up and she was taken to a brothel in Guatemala City. She was forced into prostitution and fell pregnant. The client tried to force her to sell her baby and beat her when she refused.
Will you buy her a birth certificate?
A birth certificate makes an invisible child visible... and that makes a world of difference.Next
So she can be seen and heard
With a birth certificate she’ll have a legal identity and will no longer be powerless and vulnerable. She can go to school, sit exams and have a real chance to make something of her life. And when she’s poorly, she can get the medical care she desperately needs. She can even look forward to getting married one day if she wants. Remember Yessica? When she had her baby she couldn’t go to hospital because she didn’t have any identity documents, which also meant she couldn’t register her child.Donate
Just ask Beatriz, Keren and FlorNext
Restoring lives and building futures…
My birth certificate allowed me to register at school and now I can get a government scholarship.
Thanks to my documents, I can do anything I want, but the best thing is that I can study.
I got to choose my birthday and it’s tomorrow because I can’t wait any longer to celebrate.