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Rescued from child labour

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The Terre des Hommes Netherlands Regional Office East Africa cooperates with local autonomous project partner organisations. These project partners are legally registered local organisations with their own vision and mission and strategic plans. The project partners are developing their individual projects in collaboration with Terre des Hommes Netherlands.

  • Action for Relief and Development Assistance (AFREDA)

    Action for Relief and Development Assistance (AFREDA) was founded in 1990 with the aim of providing socio economic services in Tanzania. AFREDA's mission is to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable women and households through micro credit services, capacity building activities and nutritional improvement. In the Mara region, AFREDA implements activities such as the formation of savings and credit self help groups; and training in business skills and small scale income generating activities.

  • ANPPCAN Kenya Chapter

    ANPPCAN Kenya Chapter is the Kenyan branch of the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect, a pan-African child rights organisation operating in seventeen African countries. Its vision is one of a society in which children’s rights and responsibilities are respected and valued. Like the other chapters, ANPPCAN Kenya operates as a national resource centre on child abuse and neglect and children’s rights. ANPPCAN provides information and technical expertise on child protection and child rights issues, carries out research on emerging children’s issues and lobbies with governments, donors, other NGOs and communities on behalf of children.

    ANPPCAN Kenya staffs have a wealth of experience in working on child labour. Its efforts have been directed towards addressing the root causes that force children to drop out of school or not enrol at all and pre-maturely join the labour market.

    With our support, ANPPCAN addresses the problem of worst forms of child labour along the beaches in Bondo District, through advocacy, removal of children from exploitative labour and livelihood support to ensure children’s rights are upheld. ANPPCAN targets working children and those at risk of being involved in child labour.

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  • CaRNaC Uganda

    Children at Risk National Collaboration (CaRNaC) is a network of over 40 agencies working with children at risk across Uganda. ‘Children at risk’ are children who are in need of special protection, such as orphans, children on the streets and children that are being exploited. The network began in 2003 as an effort to unite NGO’s in their response to the needs of vulnerable children. CaRNaC finds out who is doing what and where with children across Uganda. This involves situational analysis, baseline surveys, mapping and research on various issues and topics related to children. CaRNaC’s collaborative work is informed by the gaps identified by this research. 

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  • Centre for Widows and Children Assistance (CWCA)

    The Centre for Widows and Children Assistance (CWCA) was founded in 2003 by four human rights lawyers in Tanzania. In 2007 the CWCA office in Musoma opened. CWCA stands up for the rights of women and children with legal aid and mediation in legal matters, but also with awareness creation about the rights of women and children through information booklets and a weekly radio show. Besides, CWCA trains the police in the rights of the child in Tanzania. The large group of child labourers in Musoma and environs, one of the poorest regions of Tanzania, receives special attention: CWCA mediates to withdraw them from working, and helps the children to return to school.

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  • Community Alive

    Community Alive Club in Musoma, Tanzania, focuses on improving the living conditions of children affected by HIV/AIDS. Community Alive began in 1995 under the name "Youth Alive Club" in response to the growing cases of HIV/AIDS in Musoma, Tanzania. The mission of Community Alive is to equip marginalised groups with skills for social and economic development in their communities.

    Children affected by HIV/AIDS get assistance in the areas of education and health care, nutrition and psychosocial support. Caregivers are supported with self help and income generating activities.

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  • Diocese of Lodwar (DOL)

    The Catholic Diocese of Lodwar has been in Turkana district for over 40 years. With 24 parishes and over 300 outstations, the Diocese has the broadest reach in Turkana, including in the most remote places in the district. DOL implements development programmes such as water provision, education, health care, and awareness on human rights and HIV/AIDS. The Diocese currently has several projects running with support of Terre des Hommes Netherlands, including St Luke's Home for the Deaf, Early Childhood Development and Rehabilitation, and the DOL Health Programme.

  • Forum on Sustainable Child Empowerment (FSCE)

    Forum on Sustainable Child Empowerment (FSCE) is an indigenous not-for-profit non-governmental organisation providing protection, growth and development of vulnerable children in Ethiopia. FSCE was established in 1989 in response to the increased number of orphaned and abandoned children in Addis Ababa caused by the drought and famine of 1984/1985.  It is currently implementing child focussed programmes in five major cities, in partnership with various governmental and non-governmental organisations. The main components of all programmes carried out by the FSCE are child protection, rehabilitation and reintegration, child focused resource development and capacity building. FSCE has years of experience in rehabilitating and reintegrating sexually abused and exploited children, providing vocational and informal skills training, and raising awareness and advocacy on the rights of children in Ethiopia. FSCE places emphasis on the participation of children, youth and grassroots community leaders in all their projects. 

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  • Iganga Islamic Medical Center (IIMC)

    Iganga Islamic Medical Centre (IIMC) is fully registered and implementing government health programs including: Immunization, Antenatal services, HIV/AIDS care and Reproductive Health Education, among others. Out-patients and In-patients services are offered at the medical centre. IIMC is addressing reproductive health in Iganga district, Uganda, an area with a large young population and high prevalence of early marriage.

  • Karibu Foundation

    Karibu Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for children’s rights in Tanzania, particularly those affected by domestic violence, abuse and torture. In 2009, the Foundation established a rescue centre in Mwanza for abused children, which provides temporary shelter and rescue services for victims of severe physical, sexual and/or psychological abuse. Karibu Foundation offers counselling, microcredit training, income generating activities and awareness films in their mission to eliminate domestic violence against children in Tanzania. 

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  • Livelihoods Development Initiatives (LIDI) - Uganda

    LIDI-Uganda is non-profit organisation formerly called Kigulu Development Group (KDG) that was established in 1991. It is a membership organisation based in Iganga with 87 active members at present. Membership consists of organisations, community groups, institutions and individuals who make significant contribution to LIDI as an organisation. LIDI-Uganda's aim is to improve people's livelihoods in the communities with emphasis on school children and youths including persons with disabilities (PWDs), women and the rural poor in general.

  • Nairobits

    Nairobits was started in 1999 by three Dutch professionals. Nairobits' main objective is to provide youth from marginalised communities with marketable skills to enable them enter the labour market. Since inception, the programme thrust of Nairobits has been in social and IT skills. The training program incorporates entrepreneurship skills, life skills and reproductive health. To date Nairobits has trained in excess of 3,000 students at various levels in ICT. Through the entrepreneurship program 300 have benefited while another 50 have set up their own businesses. Some of the accomplishments that Nairobits is proud about includes in 2006 recognition  for innovatively using technology to solve problems in the developing world (Top 30 Development Gateway Award 2006). Nairobits has recorded monumental success in the number of students acquiring internships and jobs in the formal market. Out of the students that Nairobits Trust has trained in the media lab so far, all have been placed in jobs or internships.

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  • Platform for Labour Action (PLA)

    Platform for Labour Action (PLA) was founded in 2000 by a group of women activists to promote the human rights of vulnerable, marginalised and undocumented workers in Uganda majority of who are women, youth and children in both the formal and informal sectors. These include child and adult domestic workers, food vendors, transport service providers, garage workers, bakery and fuel pump attendants, construction workers, security guards, plantation workers, water vendors amongst others. PLA targets vulnerable, marginalised, and undocumented female and child workers in the informal sector to promote and protect their labour and legal rights, and empower them to realise their full potential in society in partnership with communities, local leaders, government, and other CBOs/NGOs.

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  • Ruben Centre

    Ruben Centre is a charitable organization managed by the Congregation of the Christian Brothers. Their mission in Ruben Centre is to assist the residents of Mukuru kwa Ruben slums in Nairobi, Kenya who live in situations of apathy and neglect. Ruben Centre is a charity organization and assists in alleviating the problems associated with poverty and unemployment. The Centre works with the youth, children and women groups. There is also a great deal of cooperation with other charity oriented NGOs in the area of provision of Health and HIV/AIDS prevention. Ruben Centre therefore takes an initiative through helping the residents to participate effectively in their own transformation.

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  • Ruma AIDS Programme

    Ruma Women Development (Ruma AIDS) is an umbrella organization in Ruma, Kenya, comprising of twelve affiliated women groups. Ruma AIDS started as a self-help group initiated by women who intended to improve their household income through small-scale businesses and horticultural farming to enhance the food security in the area. In 1994 Ruma AIDS Programme was initiated with the aim to bring about positive change in the lives of households affected by HIV/AIDS as one of the components in the fight against the impacts of HIV/AIDS.

  • St Elizabeth Girls Home

    St Elizabeth Girls Home started in 1998 to cater for vulnerable girls in Kampala, Uganda. It is owned by Kampala Arch-Diocese and run by the Congregation of the Good Samaritan Sisters. The Home's key activity is the rescue, rehabilitation and training of street and orphan/destitute girls. The Home aims at achieving the following objectives:
    • To impart life-sustaining skills to the vulnerable girls (street and orphans) through vocational skills training
    • To provide counselling and psycho-social support to orphans and street children
    • Re-settling empowered children with their guardian/parents and on jobs
    • Promote the initiation of simple income generating projects to enhance household incomes.

  • The Mater Hospital

    The Mater Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya is a charitable trust and a registered not-for-profit organization founded in 1962 by the Sisters of Mercy a Catholic order of sisters from Ireland. The Hospital's mission is to deliver timely and compassionate medical services to patients and their families to the highest possible standard through the provision of qualified staff, equipment, facilities and continuous motivational and training programmes. Emphasis is placed on the provision of affordable medical care to all Kenyans with compassionate and professional nursing care including the provision of cardiovascular treatment and care for all including needy children and youngsters below 18 years.

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  • The Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA)

    FIDA (U) is a voluntary, non-government, non-profit making and non- partisan organisation. As a human rights advocate FIDA (U) promotes and protects the rights of the vulnerable. FIDA (U) was founded in 1974 by a group of women lawyers in Uganda with the primary aim of providing a forum for discussing legal and social issues that affect women. FIDA (U) is a membership organisation with about 350 women lawyers. FIDA (U) mission is to empower vulnerable groups especially women and children to achieve social justice by working for equality and equity under the law. This has been through the various legal aid programmes which form the core activity, legal education and awareness, research and advocacy and information, education and documentation.

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  • Wabe Children’s Aid and Training (WCAT)

    Wabe Children’s Aid and Training (WCAT) is a local humanitarian organisation that started its operations in Ethiopia in 1997, implementing numerous community based programmes for vulnerable children, women and youth. WCAT’s mission is to improve the living conditions of children and adults from marginalised families and community groups through education and skills based training based on integrated developments. WCAT provides basic livelihood support and education for orphans and vulnerable children, establishes self help groups and offers vocational training and workshops for unemployed women and youth. In addition, WCAT focuses on reducing the number of children migrating or being trafficked in Ethiopia by improving the quality of education and ensuring hundreds of children stay enrolled in schools.

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  • Women’s Rights Awareness Programme (WRAP)

    WRAP provides a 24-hour emergency shelter, which is a safe refuge for violated women and children in Kenya. WRAP offers psychosocial support services such as counseling, mediation, re-integration, resettlement, and referral for victims of violence. WRAP also addresses Gender Based Violence (GBV) and child abuse through community education, advocacy, and research.
    WRAP's vision is to have a society free of GBV that protects and promotes the rights of children and women. The organisation seeks to:
    • To provide secure shelter and other related support services to abused and violated women and their children
    • To promote and protect women's and children's rights through advocacy and awareness creation on child abuse and GBV;
    • To research on and educate the community on the causes and effects of gender violence and child abuse and sustainable community-owned intervention strategies

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