The Transnational Intergovernmental Organization - International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in collaboration with Zion Gates Foundation, reportedly launched a Child Protection Program in Maasai Village and Moshi Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
A statement by IHRC Global Peace Ambassador, Count William K Mackie, said that the Child Protection Program was launched to address the issues of child abuse, neglect, and exploitation, and aimed to provide a safe and supportive environment for children, while also empowering them to become agents of change in their communities.
He articulated the activities of the program, saying the program has implemented several activities in achieving its objectives including:
1. Awareness Campaigns; awareness campaigns in the local communities educate parents, caregivers, and community members on child rights and the importance of protecting children from abuse and exploitation.
2. Child Protection Committees: established Child Protection Committees in the local communities which provide support, guidance, and protection to vulnerable children.
3. Child-Friendly Spaces: established Child-Friendly Spaces in the local communities to provide a safe and supportive environment for children. “These spaces offer a range of activities, including games, sports, and educational programs, to help children develop their skills and knowledge".
4. Child Helpline: The program has established a Child call helpline to provide children with a confidential and safe platform to report abuse and exploitation. The helpline is available 24/7 and is staffed by trained professionals who can provide guidance and support to children in need.
Meanwhile, the IHRC-Zion Gates Child Protection Program has achieved significant success in its efforts to protect children from abuse and exploitation some of the major achievements include;
a. Increased Awareness: among parents, caregivers, and community members on the importance of child protection which also improved the reporting of child abuse and exploitation cases.
b. Improved Child Protection: the Child Protection Committees and Child-Friendly Spaces have helped to improve the protection of children in the local communities.
c. Increased Access to Support: the call helpline has provided children with a confidential and safe platform to report abuses and exploitations, helping to increase access to support for children in need.
Recall that IHRC is a Diplomatic Organization headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, with Diplomatic Representation by the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs of the European Commission. The IHRC is highly experienced and specialized in peace negotiation and humanitarian aid; self-financed, neutral, impartial, and independent organization working to ensure compliance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Treaties across the globe.
Count William K Mackie
IHRC Global Peace Ambassador
August 1st, 2023