Child Protection and Family Support
The right to a healthy environment
Why We Do It
As an organisation that works with young people, we have the responsibility to protect them from any rights violation. We understand the right to protection, in its broadest and most comprehensive sense, as the right to a healthy environment that is free of any kind of violence, abuse, exploitation, negligence, discrimination and/or degrading punishment.
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Every child and young adult deserves the chance to be safe, happy, healthy and with time to play and study. 71 percent of Kilifi residents live in poverty. Poverty limits choices. Sometimes problems at home and at school can seem insurmountable. Parents don’t want to send their children to work or leave them alone at home but when there is barely enough food for even one meal of maize a day, their options are limited. “When I find work I leave the younger children with their grandmother”, says Mama Siti. “When she is not there I leave them here alone.”
Poverty leaves its trace. Especially girls need to be protected, for in Kilifi County:
- 1 in 3 girls experience sexual violence before turning 18 years.
- 11 percent of the girls are married before turning 15.
- 13,624 pregnancies among teenage girls aged between 15-19 and an additional 290 cases among girls aged 10-14 years old were reported in 2018.
- 7,678 cases of child abuse reported or pending including sexual violation and sodomy in 2018
How we do it
Kesho Kenya strives to stabilise vulnerable households in our community through care and understanding. Kesho Kenya works closely with children, schools, families and other duty bearers in the county to raise child protection awareness and to undertake case management.
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In 2018, our School Safeguarding Programme reached 1,678 children teaching children on child rights and its responsibilities, reporting mechanism and forms and signs of child abuse. We managed and followed up 30 cases of child abuse. 87 adults participated in our Street Business School which empowers them to generate income.
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Since 2012 a total of 279 members have joined 21 Child Protection cluster groups.
Up to date 36 schools in Kilifi County have benefitted from the School Safeguarding Policy project. The Safeguarding Policy for Schools is an enormous step forward to protect vulnerable children. With teachers championing the initiative it could be rolled out countrywide.