CONTINUATION ON SOCIAL SERVICES
Training of clan heads and Traditional chiefs
o Two trainings of clan leaders were conducted in Pajule and Acholibur sub counties that brought on a total of 47 (M-36, F-11) clan leaders and chiefs in attendant. The topics were, understanding Gender, sex, Gender Roles, GBV, understanding the referral pathways, types of power, SASA! Power, consequences of violence, stages of change, circle of influence, motivators and barriers to change, taking a look at the clan regulations that prevent violence, lessons from the training, drafting of regulation that prevent violence, space between us and human rights and human reality. During the training was noticed that with good regulation in place clan and traditional leaders could supportive on GBV course .
|(L) Participants doing group work during the clan leaders training in Acholibur sub county recently.|
|Project Duration||Jan 2017-Dec 2017|
|Donor/Partner||BMZ thru’ Caritas Germany|
o To strengthen the capacity of community structures in preventing and responding to child rights violation.
o To increase children participation in matters that affects them
o To improve access to legal, health and psychosocial support to children
o Facilitate 3 days training of 19 child rights platforms on advocacy and child protection at parish level . A total of 576 (M-364, F-212) platform members attended. Out of the 18 platforms,8 are in the community and 10 in the selected schools.
o Conduct 3 days training of 230 teachers, SMCs and PTA on guidance and support to OVCs. The school governing bodies were picked from the ten selected schools in Awere and Atanga .
o Support 3 days life skills training to 400 (210 Male, 190 Female) children from 10 identified schools were trained.
o Preparation and presentation of child right issues to 362 (M-186, F-176) duty bearers through school debates, speeches and drama was conducted. The messages were centred on child neglect; poor performance of pupils in schools, absenteesm from school, and emotional abuse by children from schools inform of songs, dramas and poems to the participants .
o Conducted training on balance diet in the community for 300 (M-11, F-289) parents. It was facilitated by district technical staff to ehance the knowledge of parent balance dait and good feeding for both the young and household members.
o Organize and conduct 2 days’ refresher training for 81 (M-65, F-1,180) child protection committee members.
o Organize and conduct awareness creations through dialogue and discussion. 2,069 (M-889, F-1180) participants on neglect, sexual abuse, school drop out GBV and others .
o Offer counseling services through letter link approach. 404 letters received on neglect, bullying, sexual abuse, emotional, physical children digging during class hours, early pregnancy. Replies, follow ups counseling, meetings were conducted with school authorities to handle cases at schools.o Provided 22 and support maintenance of low cost shelter for critically vulnerable children and caregivers .
o Identified and supported children with different impairment with assistive devices. These children were supported with wheel chairs, eye specialist services from Kalongo hospital.
o The project established 129 structures currently engaged in community sensitizations and reporting child abuses within their communities. These include 81 Child Protection Committees / Para social workers; 10 Platform members at schools, 8 platforms in the communities. The strong community based structures and more importantly the para social workers have contributed to increase access to legal services among children abused within the communities. During the reporting period 138.81% of children accessed medical care, 74.3% provided with psycho social services.
o 30 VSLA groups of caregivers were trained and given start up support. Through the project interventions the community broad base structures have acquired knowledge and skills which have made their work easy and appreciative by the community and stakeholders in authorities.
o During the reporting period, CARITAS engaged parents and their children to dialogue on pertinent issues that may impede on children rights. Through this process, parents have been able to give feedback on how they are involved children matters that concern them at family levels. The current feedback report shows that some parents have appreciated the concept of children rights and responsibilities are involving children in decision making This resulted increased participation of children in reporting cases of abused both from home and at school hence demonstrating progress
o By December 2017, a total of 64.45% of child violation cases had been referred for legal support either through local council, police or courts. This point to commitment and responses of the lower local council towards cases of child abuses.
o We noted activeness and cooperation from police in arrests and forwarding criminal cases of child abuses from the sub counties to the district central police station for judicial proceedings. Staffs would always receive phone calls about occurrence of cases by police and request for support to send perpetrators to central police station in the district.