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 providea platform for adolescents and youths to discuss issues around Sexual and Reproductive Health.