Child Protection

A thematic area that is also important in providing wraparound services to OVC. Child protection encompasses birth registration, child rights and responsibilities, Child Protection Committees (CPC), child participation and safeguard of children’s interest and their right to be heard. Our programs focus on the most vulnerable children (aiming for their safety and well-being). Working with governments, international organizations, and local community partners, we strive to create lasting change with improvements in policy and services that protect children whether in a natural disaster, conflict, or development setting.  These and much more components define social protection interventions.

Birth Registration Programme: In a bid to promote birth registration, advocacy is mainstreamed in most of the activities. Having a Birth Certificate is a child’s right and a gateway to education, passport, national identity, driver’s licence and other opportunities. More campaigns are carried out at zonal/ cell level and during meetings with community members to encourage caregivers to process birth certificates.

Child Rights and Abuse: Awareness on child rights and responsibilities is raised through workshops targeting children only or children together with caregivers.

Child Rights and Abuse with Caregivers: Justice for Children Trust (JCT) is invited to share different legal aspects in relation to child protection to caregivers during the year. JCT is a partner in child welfare that leads in paralegal support to OVC and women.

Child Care Team: Child Care Teams’ role in child protection cannot be undermined. The team comprises of children (Peer Counsellors and Educators), community members/volunteers (Shamwari Dzedu) and school authorities (teachers).  Child Care Team is defined as a united front for children, whose objective is to work together to improve the welfare of children.

Auntie Stella Weekly Sessions: Weekly sessions were held with the intention to provide a platform for adolescents and youths to discuss issues around Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Families Matter! Program (FMP): FMP is an evidence-informed parenting program facilitated by a certified facilitator which targets caregivers of pre-teens and teenagers aged 9-17 years. FMP promotes;

  • positive parenting practices including parental monitoring, positive reinforcement and building strong parent-child relationship.
  • effective parent-child communication about sex-related issues and sexual risk reduction.  It is designed to help parents overcome common parent-child communication barriers – such as embarrassment or discomfort and lack of knowledge, skills, and confidence.
  • Mode of delivery (7 physical sessions all compulsory in order to graduate. Goal of FMP is reduction of sexual risk behaviours among adolescents, including delayed onset of sexual debut.

Counselling services: to survivors of abuse and exploitation, teen mothers and people living with HIV (children and adults) and clients with mental health issues amongst many others. Diverse counselling models are used including systemic therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy and group counselling sessions. Mavambo Orphan Care works with Psychosocial Support teachers in schools to extend the service to children in-school. Child-friendly models are used for psychosocial support with children such as Singing to the Lions and Tree of Life.

Facilitation of birth registration: Mavambo Orphan Care facilitates acquisition of birth certificates for vulnerable children and fulfilment of their civil right to name and nationality. The organisation works with a host of cadres in the community (Shamwari Dzedu, CCW) to identify and refer cases of children in need of assistance.

Sisters with a voice: Model thrives on peer to peer support to assist girls who are sexually exploited to be determined, resilient and empowered to stand against abuse and exploitation.

Gender Based Violence: MOC implements a multi-pronged strategy to prevent and respond to gender based violence (GBV).

Prevention: Focus on awareness raising on GBV in the community through dialogues, campaigns, trainings and mass media platforms (radio and television) and on the organisation’s social media platforms. Keeping children in school prevents violence as schools are space spaces for children to learn and thrive.

Response: MOC offers first line support to survivors of all forms of violence and referral to other organisations for wrap-around service provision.

Child Rights Education: MOC makes use of comic strips such as Chenjedzo and Tanatswa to educate children in-and-out of school. This initiative ensures that children are conscientised on their rights and responsibilities and are able detect cases of abuse.