As patron of Children in Crossfire, His Holiness was helping to celebrate the charity’s 20th anniversary, marking two decades of its mission to address the impact of poverty on young children. Through working with partner organisations and providing development education, Children in Crossfire has helped to change the lives and outlooks of children in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Ireland.
Children in Crossfire invited Laura to join the celebrations in light of her role as national representative on the World Forum in Early Care and her own work to improve the quality of Early Years education and outcomes for children both here in the UK and overseas.
Alongside the charity’s founder, Richard Moore, Laura attended an audience with His Holiness, where the spiritual leader took questions from guests. They then listened to actor and activist Joanna Lumley, OBE, speak on the subject of compassion and making positive changes in the world. There were a number of other inspiring speakers and round-table, solution-themed discussions.
“Meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been incredibly inspirational and has reaffirmed my belief in non-violent acts and communication as well as the use of compassion in action as a way forward in all aspects of my personal and professional life.”
“We live in a world in which we are increasing independent. Therefore, it is important we build a more compassionate society. Common sense tells us that among our neighbours, families who love and trust each other relate to others in a friendlier way than those who are mistrustful suspicious and unhappy. Because children need to feel loved just as they need healthcare, nutrition and education, if they are to grow up able to extend compassion to others bringing them up involves the whole community. I commend the work of Children in Crossfire and its efforts to support children in situations where those curial factors are often absent.” ~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Dr Richard Moore, founder of Children in Crossfire has been blind since 1972, when at the age of 10 he was hit by a plastic bullet fired by a soldier. In 1996, Richard found time in his busy and successful life to set up the charity that has done so much to improve the lives of young children, and in 2006 made contact with, and befriended, Charles, the soldier who fired the bullet.
His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet first met Richard during a visit to Derry in 2001, and, impressed by his compassion and forgiveness, as well as the work of Children in Crossfire, agreed to give the keynote speech at the charity’s tenth anniversary in 2007, becoming patron in 2010. His Holiness has been an enthusiastic supporter of Children in Crossfire ever since.
Throughout her successful acting career, Joanna Lumley has been a passionate supporter of several social and political causes, and works as an ambassador for Children in Crossfire, helping to improve the lives of children affected by poverty.
Laura Henry is an expert international award-winning Early Childhood specialist. She is the founder of the community interest company for Early Childhood trainers and consultants, NEyTCO; vice-president of The British Association for Early Childhood Education, and national representative for the World Forum on Early Care and Education.