As 2015 comes to a close, I look around the world and see children -- much like Nathalie was --who have so much potential but need our support to realize it. From the rebuilding efforts in Nepal to the growing migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, children need us now more than ever.
Underemployment is expensive in dollars and even more costly in terms of its impact on children of under-employed parents. We need to make discussing and addressing this imperfect imbalance a priority.
When families can no longer protect children, or when family members themselves are a threat to children as a result of mental ill-health or substance abuse, the state, civil society and international donors must do all they can to protect children.
Life throws us all lemons, but if you don't have the tools or resources available -- like sugar and water or education and basic needs met -- you can't turn them in to lemonade, no matter how hard you try.