Dec 3, 2013

A teacher Sentenced to 30 years in Prison for Sexually Abusing a Child

A teacher sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexually abusing a child  

In 2009, Childline Kenya received a case of an alleged defilement of a 13 year old girl by the headmaster in the school where she was attending. The matter was taken to court where it had been since 2009. The accused was charged with defilement. Childline Kenya engaged the services of a private prosecutor in the matter from the International Justice Mission (IJM) and the Teacher’s Service Commission (Kenya’s employer of teacher and partner of Childline Kenya) to investigate.  

Upon receipt, the Teacher’s Service Commission (TSC) lodged an investigation to ascertain the truth. This led to more children coming out to accuse the teacher of sexual abuse.  The investigation report by the TSC was submitted to Childline Kenya and was very helpful in court, proving that the accused person committed the offence he was being charged for. The TSC further dismissed the accused from duty.

This Sexual offences Act in Kenya provides that any person found guilty of having defiled a child aged between 12-15 years should be jailed for a period not less that 20 years. The court found the accused guilty as charged and sentenced him to 30 years imprisonment, with an option of instituting an appeal against this decision within 14 days of passing this judgment.

From Childline Kenya’s end, we have closed the case unless the accused files an appeal. We appreciate the continuous support shown by the Teachers Service Commission in ensuring that their employees do not abuse children or take advantage of their superior position to their subject and violate their rights. This is a major milestone achieved in the fight against child sexual abuse.

Jul 31, 2013

Thank you for your donations - Mukami now has a house!!!

Moving in the new house
Moving in the new house

Thank you for your donations – Mukami now has a house!!!

In 2012, we introduced Irene Mukami and her family to you. Mukami is, the 8 year old girl whom we rescued from domestic child labour in Nairobi. On returning her home, we found a family that was living in the worst form of helpless and poverty. The 9 (nine) member family was living in a shack-like house (see picture No. 1), had barely enough to eat and all the 7 children were not going to school. However with your donations and a further contribution from our partners, we intervened and managed to send Mukami and her 5 siblings to school and embarked on a process of building a new house for them.

We are very excited to report to you that the new house is now complete and the family moved in on 20th July 2013!

We at Childline are overjoyed by this achieved and it is our hope that we can support more children and their families that pass through our hands.  We have attached a few photographs which will tell you about the journey of Mukami’s Family.

THANKYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Figure 2: The family's former house
Figure 2: The family's former house
Mukami's first day in school
Mukami's first day in school
The new house under construction
The new house under construction
Childline Kenya staff with Mukami's family
Childline Kenya staff with Mukami's family
Apr 19, 2013

When two bulls fight it is the grass that gets hurt

There is an African saying which goes, “when two bulls fight it is the grass that gets hurt” which literally means that “When the mighty fight it is the little people who suffer”

Through the child helpline 116 we have noticed an increased number of parents in Kenya neglecting their parental responsibilities. The Helpline receives an average of 300 cases per month on child neglect/abandonment, child maintenance and physical abuse by parents. Children are vulnerably caught in the middle of their parents’ squabbles and frustrations.

At Childline Kenya we believe that to curb child abuse at the family level, parenting education is paramount.  To this end we have started parenting education for parents who have been reported at the Helpline to have neglected their children. This parenting program is linked to Helpline’s function of family reunification.

We acknowledge that there are some instances where the family situation is quite harmful for the child and in this case an alternate solution is sought. However, a conducive family situation is always the best place for a child to grow. We believe that parents are the most important change agents in the family and when they see how certain ways of dealing with a problem does not work for the their children, and are able to replace those interactions with more adaptive styles, this change directly affects the child in obvious as well as subtle ways. 

From the few sessions that we’ve had with parents, it is obvious that the socio-economic situation in Kenya is playing a big role in impacting family relations. As parents look for means to earn a living and support their children, their undefined work schedules affects the time they spend with their children. Marital conflicts also ensue and lead to child abuse with children being on the receiving end of their parents frustrations.

Through the parenting is relatively new, the parents who’ve been enrolled so far have shown remorse for their actions and great enthusiasm to attend the classes and change their parenting skills.

We’ll update more on this new programme as it takes shape.

Once again, thank you for your support towards the safe house. It is now operational and has provided shelter to 12 children since January 2013.

Thank you!

 
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