International Childcare Trust

International Childcare Trust (ICT) believes that all children, regardless of socio-economic background, have the right to enjoy their childhood and reach their potential. We partner with local grassroots NGOs in Africa and Asia - managed and staffed by local people - that protect children's rights. We combine the delivery of practical assistance with capacity building and advocacy initiatives because we take responsibility for building sustainability into the projects/partners we support.
Jul 27, 2012

Importance of the Drop-in Centre

A child at the drop-in centre
A child at the drop-in centre

Over the past year, this project has made a massive difference to child laborers and children who at risk of entering exploitative work in Myagdi district, West Nepal.  Central to this is the Drop-in Center, run by International Childcare Trust's partner, REEC.

Access to basic services for child laborers through the Drop-in Centre (DIC)

 Since March 2011, 438 child laborers (240 boys and 198 girls) had regular access to health services, non-formal education and play and recreation activities at the DIC. The DIC is central to reintegrating separated children back into their families and communities and providing legal aid to children who have suffered abuse and exploitation. The DIC also runs the outreach programme which enables identification and withdrawal of child laborers form the worst form of child laborer by decreasing their working hour and facilitating school enrollment. The DIC also provides essential support to the child laborers and children at risk, providing vital basic services and protecting them from abuse and exploitation.

Health services:

  • REEC provides a weekly health check-up to child laborers and children at-risk in the area.  373 children (168 boys and 205 girls) were examined by a health professional and given appropriate treatment for minor illnesses and ailments. Children identified to have major illnesses are referred to the district hospital or sometimes the regional or zonal hospital for specialized care depending on his/her condition and the availability of qualified staff in the local hospital.
  • All 438 children participated in awareness-raising sessions on substance abuse, HIV and AIDS and child rights – a combination of lectures and audiovisual means are used for these sessions followed by interactive question and answer session in which the children are encouraged to actively participate.
    • REEC has placed 10 first aid-medicine kits with local community health workers in 5 villages which have improved children and families’ access to minimum basic health care. This has also improved the rapport between community members and the community health workers, who earlier had the basic knowledge of first aid and basic medicine but did not have the resources to deliver the same.  466 children (206 child laborers and 260 children at-risk) and their families now have access to first-aid and basic medicine in these 5 villages through the efforts of REEC.

 Non-formal education (NFE):

  • 18 children are regularly attending NFE at the DIC; NFE comprises of classes on basic literacy, maths and English and hygiene and sanitation. Attending classes at the NFE helps children access basic education and prepares them for entry into formal schooling and potentially reduces the amount of time they spend working.

 Recreational activities:

  • All children accessing the center participate in sports and recreation activities. The DIC also holds football, volleyball and singing competitions to keep the children engaged and motivate them, increasing their confidence and self-esteem. In the past year, REEC conducted: sports competition including inter-child labour clubs (CLCs) football and volleyball competitions and sprints; singing competitions for girls and boys; and inter-club quiz competitions.

 Family reintegration:

  • Family reintegration is an important element of our work with child laborers and in line with International Childcare Trust’s (ICT) core strategic focus of protecting children’s rights to be part of families and communities. In the past year, 5 child laborers have been safely reunited with their families within Myagdi and other neighboring districts. REEC works with the child and family to ensure safe reintegration by addressing the root cause of family break-up – this takes series of follow-ups. All reunited children are being followed up to ensure they are enrolled and continue to stay in school.

 Legal aid:

  • A 12 year old girl child laborer was supported by REEC to take legal recourse against a neighbor, who was sexually abusing her. The perpetrator has since been duly convicted and imprisoned. REEC’s outreach workers continue to follow up on the case with regular meetings with the child and her family focusing on counseling and in due course outlining a plan, in consultation with the child, for her education and safe employment. Cases like this where children bravely come forward to talk about the abuse suffered are few and far between – REEC’s work on making children aware of their rights including child protection issues is vital to safeguarding the children from abuse and exploitation.
    • Most children from marginalized communities do not have any legal records of their birth which makes it difficult to get a citizenship card in Nepal, which is important for accessing services within the public system. REEC supported 160 child laborers (91 males and 69 females) to obtain birth registration in this reporting period.
Jul 27, 2012

Update on work in Sierra Leone

Children in Kenema
Children in Kenema

International Childcare Trust has working in partnership with Muloma Women’s Development Association (MUWODA) since 2011, supporting Support to Women and Children in Difficult Circumstances. 

This project aims to protect and empower over 1,000 disadvantaged and war-affected children and youth in Sierra Leone through provision of vital services, knowledge and skills, including training in nutrition and crop production for mothers, vocational training for youths, and awareness raising on child rights within the community.

We are still trying to secure sufficient funds in order to start this vital project.  We will let you know as soon as it gets going!!

Jun 15, 2012

Project Update

Kalki Welfare Society is a local NGO in Pondicherry, South India, which aims to provide marginalised children with the opportunity to become active players in their own lives.  Its project, Protection and Education for Street Children, aims to protect street and working children in Pondicherry and reintegrate them back into mainstream society.  Over the course of the year, Kalki’s drop-in centre provided a warm, safe and caring environment for 147 children where they could access healthcare, nutritious meals, literacy classes, and arts activities.  It also provided early childhood care for 106 children from street-living families, previously left alone on the street or in the care of older siblings while their parents worked.  Forming the backbone of Kalki’s activities, its outreach team supported 367 children within the community and its Mobile Library provided recreational activities and informal education to 313 street and working children and children at risk.  The project also reintegrated 14 children back with their families who are now being followed up on a regular basis, and referred 12 children, for whom family reintegration was not possible, to partner organisations who specialise in long-term care.

We are pleased to announce that the project is now completely funded - thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen!!  Please contact us at jpaul@international-childcare-trust.org if you would like any further information about this project or any other projects in Africa and Asia. THANK YOU!!!!

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