Child Protection

Even though the government is has been involved in protecting children and safe guarding the rights of Children, through various government and non-governmental organs, there are still many cases of child abuse and child rights violation in Kenya.

Hundreds of thousands of children in Kenya are still going through many challenges; such as sexual abuse, child labor, child prostitution, child trafficking, early marriages, physical and emotional abuse, female genital mutilation, abandonment, neglect and homelessness.

Data from ChildLine, a non-governmental organisation that runs a child abuse helpline, shows that 1,296 cases of child abuse were reported through more than 800 calls made to the helpline, housed within the department of children’s services in Lower Kabete Children’s Home, near Nairobi, i 2017.

And even though there are mechanisms being put in placer to help children who are being abused, the systems still have loopholes that some times make it very hard for many cases to be reported and be handled properly. Issues such as remoteness of some areas, lack of proper channels of report, fear of perpetrators if the reporter is not protected, cultural practices, lack of information etc, also hinder the process of child protection.

Husika-Afrika, therefore;

  • works with the larger community to help sensitive people on the rights of the children;
  • works with government officials and authorities to help them understand issues about child protection and rights well;
  • works with schools to help children know their rights and how to report the cases; help in reporting and collecting evidence of abuse;
  • offers support to abused children;
  • offers alternative homes for the abused as well as help the victims to seek justice, among other needs surrounding the issue.

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