Advocate for Child Protection & Human Rights

As Children Are Our Future

Ungweru strives to shelter every child from physical, emotional and mental abuse by educating communities and the children themselves.

Child Rights

Article 19 of the Child Rights Convention guarantees every child the right to protection from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent (s), legal guardian (s) or any person who has the care of the child.

MANY CHILDREN ARE FORCED INTO MANUAL LABOR TO SERVE THEIR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES.

Violation of international human rights

Early marriage, forced sex during initiation ceremonies, nutritional taboos, male preference and its implications for the status of the girl child, early pregnancy and dowry are issues that children faces. Despite their harmful nature and their violation of international human rights laws, such practices persist because they are not questioned and are considered moral by those who practice them.
In collaboration with partners we educate the communities and the children themselves on children and human rights. Education is the key to change the way children are seen and treated in the communities.

As an organization, we also have a child protection policy, where all staff and volunteers must adhere to. Ungweru helps children in many areas, hence precautions such as this policy are crucial in order to ensure the safety of our beneficiaries.

FIELD IMPLEMENTATION

Education on child protection laws
Our staff and volunteers head into villages to provide education on child protection laws in order to help community members identify any violations of children's rights. Additionally, we facilitate the formation of child protection committees in villages so that the community is able to internally address and monitor any cases of child abuse. These committees also serve as a liaison between any issues within the community and external authorities.
Engage children on their rights
Ungweru holds child protection seminars in primary schools to educate and engage students on their rights. The seminars include a discussion on human rights and information on where they can go to seek help or report any cases of abuse. Progressio ICS volunteers have also visited various primary schools to facilitate sessions on Child Protection, focussed on rights and duties..