It takes a village
to raise a child
Meet Bloom. Bloom is our symbol for a child living a happy childhood, growing up to become the best version of themselves.
The saying goes: “It takes a village to raise a child.” It means that a community of people is needed for a child to grow up successfully in a safe and healthy environment. This community needs to care for the child, interact positively with it, and work together. This community consists of the child’s parents of course, but also of its extended family and/or support system, its educators, its health professionals, etc.
When a family moves to another country, they leave this community behind.
While some relationships continue to exist over distance, these people cannot support the influence and challenges that international migration causes on the child’s development and sense of belonging.
At the same time, local communities often struggle to successfully adopt international families. This is caused by a combination of factors, such as: cultural and language barriers, the same lack of understanding the influence and challenges caused by international migration, or families themselves struggling to find and build meaningful connections.
At Expat Valley, we believe that international migration should be an enriching experience that allows children to thrive. People that have spent their childhood growing up amongst different cultures develop ethnocultural empathy: the skill to understand and empathize with people from different ethnicities and cultures. To us, this skill is crucial to overcome the cultural misunderstandings that cause many problems in our globalizing societies.
We observed how international children and their families lacked global representation, and stepped forward. We are the Ombudspersons for International Children.
All Expat Valley’s activities focus on systemic change: we are building the World’s Happiest Ecosystem for International Children. This community provides a safe and healthy environment that international children can grow up in.
We raise Awareness for the experiences and needs of children in international migration, and facilitate Action for those that are ready to make a difference and contribute to the wellbeing and thriving of our global citizens.
Ultimately, we establish successful relationships between international children and the people and organizations that want to be part of the World's Happiest Ecosystem.