Our Projects

Our projects aim at the rehabilitation of children in need and at the sustainable improvement of their living situation by enabling them to access their fundamental rights. In order to prevent future violations of children’s rights, civil society is empowered to develop an environment protecting children’s rights. We support African States via their local representatives to become a true guarantor of children's rights.

 

Our projects thus follow a holistic approach that intervenes on three axes (children, civil society and the State), is participatory and sustainable. It contains concrete activities on these three axes:

 

Children in situations of distress:

  • Consultation and orientation
  • Vital care, medical, psychological and legal assistance
  • Family, school and professional reintegration
  • Material support for school-attendance, an apprenticeship or the start of an income generating activity
  • Follow-up visits

 

State representatives and bodies:

  • Advocacy at mayors, police, gendarmerie, and representatives of the judiciary
  • Training of these agents on children’s rights, the particular issues of the project as well as their roles therein
  • Equipping them with according national and international legal texts
  • Formalizing partnerships for the protection of children
  • Elaborating and distributing best practices

 

Civil society:

  • Awareness-raising for members of local associations, civil society organizations, unions of women, of children and of adolescents, the media as well as for parents, teachers, school principals, religious and traditional authorities
  • Functional training of these agents to become themselves leaders in training their peers for the population to become aware of the problems, get active and take on responsibility
  • Creation and follow-up of local committees for child protection in the communities
  • Formalization of partnerships with the media to spread reports and interactive radio broadcasts on the issues of the project
  • Training of responsible agents and establishing a chain of agents of intervention for the appropriate and concerted treatment of cases of (sexual) abuse, exploitation, neglect, forced marriage, trafficking and the detainment of children

Current Projects

Since 1996, we have implemented more than 70 projects together with our local partners in 9 African countries.

 

Our current projects:

 

  • in Mali supporting girls working (and often exploited) as domestic servants with our local partner organisation GRADEM.

 

  • in Mali improving the status, rights and future perspectives of girls in rural areas with GRADEM.

 

  • in Togo supporting children deprived of liberty and in conflict with the law, children accused of witchcraft and victims of violence with our partner CREUSET-Togo.

 

  • in Benin fighting sexist discriminations, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children, particularly girls, and promoting safe school environments with CIPCRE-Bénin.

 

  • in Benin promoting protective family enviroments for children with ESGB.

 

  • in Cameroun fighting sexist discriminations, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children, particularly girls with CIPCRE-Cameroun.

 

  • in Cameroun supporting children deprived of liberty and children affected by or endangered to child trafficking, economic and/or sexual exploitation and recruting by Boko Haram with our local partner ALDEPA.

 

  • in Cameroun empowering children to promote a peaceful society.

 

Concluded Projects

In close cooperation with our African partner organizations, we have been contributing to implementing children's rights in African countries for 20 years.

 

For example for

 

  • children deprived of liberty/detained in prisons or police stations
    - D.R. Congo, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Togo.

 

  • infants in prisons with their detained mothers
    - D.R. Congo, Ivory Coast, Guinea, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Togo.

 

  • children who have experienced violence, marginalization and neglect
    - Benin, D.R. Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali, Togo.

 

  • girls affected by sexual exploitation and violence
    - Benin, D.R. Congo, Cameroon, Mali, Togo.

 

  • children in armed conflicts, war or subject to forced migration
    - D.R. Congo, Ivory Coast, Liberia.

 

  • economically exploited children.
    - Ivory Coast, Mali, Togo.

 

  • marginalised girls and young mothers in despair
    - Mali.

 

  • children with disabilities
    - Ivory Coast.

 

as well as

  • the elaboration of best practices in the field of children's rights
    - Benin, D.R. Congo, Ivory Coast, Gaboun, Cameroon, Congo, Mali, Togo

 

 

Contact us for more information on current and past projects.

 

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Picture above: Drama performance with children in our project in Ivory Coast.

Children have a right to participate in cultural activities. © Jacky Naegelen

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