This pilot project will support 150 vulnerable children in Kilema Pofu whose rights have already been violated and work with the community to ensure that no further children have to experience this. We will work with children, families, schools and key community stakeholders to embed awareness of children's rights and establish protection mechanisms that all levels of the community can adhere to.
Through preliminary research, our partner has identified a particular village called Kilema Pofu where there have been multiple cases of child labour, child rape, sexual exploitation of children, child pregnancies and discrimination against children who are HIV/AIDs orphans and children with disabilities. At present, there are no institutions or organisations in the region who are focussed on protecting these children from harm and no support system.
We have set up a one year project that works at multiple levels: empowering children with the knowledge of their own rights, awareness raising with families and schools so that they have a coherent understanding of child protection but also a system and economic resources to solve it and finally to train individual stakeholders at the local government level, so that systems and policies can be adapted to support and protect children.
Through Child Rights Clubs, Child Protection Committees, community awareness sessions and saving and loan groups for families this project will directly support 150 children and their families. The project will also work with 30 parents directly through being part of a village saving and loan groups. An additional 20 key community stakeholders will also be trained in child rights and child protection to embed learnings at all levels and influence decision making for the future.