HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Yesterday, social workers from around the world wrapped up the 18th Annual ISPCAN Congress on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Earlier this week a special Youth Congress invited youth affected by child abuse and neglect to share their experiences. Amy Kalili has more.
ʻOiai ʻaʻole nô ahuwale i waena o kçia hû ʻana o ka ʻaka a hoʻohauʻoli akâ, ua pâ ʻino nô ka nui o kçia mau ʻôpio i nâ ʻano hihia like ʻole ma ka wâ kamaliʻi.
All the laughing makes it hard to see that these kids have had rough times.
What definitely brings us together today is going through childhood challenges.
Maybe incarcerated parents, sexual abuse, mental abuse, poverty, neglect, and all kinds of stuff.
Co-Chair, IPSCAN Youth Congress
Ua ʻike maka ʻia nô; ka makua paʻahao, ka hana ʻino ʻia o ke kino a noʻonoʻo, ka ʻilihune a pçlâ aku.
Ua komo aku nei lâkou i ka ʻaha o ka International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect e pani ʻia ana i kçia lâ.
All of these youth participated in the ISPCAN conference ending today.
They have the same struggles, their stories are similar and I think it's so important for them to meet each other because they know that their not going through this alone.
Mea nui ka launa ʻana o lâkou ʻoiai he hôʻoia i ka loaʻa o nâ hoa kâkoʻo.
Ua hau'oli ʻo Paula i ka launa a hîmeni no kçia mau ʻôpio ʻoiai he keiki hânai ʻo ia ma kona wâ kamaliʻi.
A foster child herseolf, Paula enjoyed hanging out and playing for these guys.
It was nice to sing for them and you know, hopefully I can inspire them to live their dreams, whatever it may be.
Maliʻa paha, hiki iaʻu ke kôkua a paipai aku ma kekahi ʻano.
Ua hoʻomâkaukau nâ ʻôpio i mau hôʻikeʻike i hoʻolaha ʻia ma ka ʻaha nui.
Youth prepared prepared presentations for the larger congress.
I give the professionals credit for working with us. But what is it worth if they're not going to listen to the very people that they are trying to help.
Mahalo ʻia ke kôkua a he kûpono ka lohe ʻia o nâ manaʻo o nâ kanaka e kôkua ʻia ana.
It was really important to have the different media such as graffiti art, poetry slam, hip hop dance, drama, music, because we wanted to give youth all kinds of ways to express themselves.
Mea nui ka graffiti art, ka haʻi poema, hulahula hip hop, hana keaka, a hîmeni, i mau ala hoʻopuka manaʻo no lâkou.
I know a lot of them are not comfortable speaking in front of large crowds and so this was a way for them to express themselves and still be heard without actually having to talk.
ʻAʻole paha lâkou maʻa i ka haʻiʻôlelo i mua o ka nui poʻe a he mau ala ʻokoʻa kçia e hoʻopuka manaʻo ai.
ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.