Children worldwide, across all ages, religions and cultures, suffer violence, exploitation and a buses every day. Those in the world’s poorest communities are especially vulnerable and because of their poverty, less resilient.
Often children in violent or abusive environments are unable to exercise their other important right to education, health, shelter and food, which further fosters their development and get rid of poverty.
Sharing resources, team work, sharing knowledge and experiences, we can have greater impact in the short term and work to build stronger communities and institution a greater future.
Harm to Children can be in the Following ways
Abuse can be physical, psychological, emotional or sexual. It may be harsh, humiliating corporal punishment, incest or female genital mutilation. Early and Forced Marriage. Can set the stage for a variety of abuses.
This is the failure to provide for children basic emotional and physical needs, whether deliberately or carelessly. Abandonment leaves children vulnerable to institutionalization, exploitation and other hazards.
It’s the use of a child for another person’s advantage. This includes child labor, Child trafficking, sexual exploitation, including child pornography, child prostitution, early marriages and sex tourism to list but a few.
Violence can come to a child through individuals, groups or the state and takes many forms, forced displacement and separation, torture, mutilation, physical punishment, rape and other forms of gender based violence.
At Uganda Volunteers Foundation, we focus our work on women and children’s right to protection mostly children throughout their lives, tailoring our efforts to the distinct needs of each age group. For infants and toddlers, the primary risk is violence in the home. School aged children often face violence in their schools or are forced to work in the worst forms of child labour. Before they reach young adulthood, girls face the likelihood of child marriage and dropping out of school, and boys are at increased risk for gangs, violence and suicide.
Uganda Volunteers Foundations approach to keeping children safe and protected, uplifts children and their surrounding as forms of protection with the child at the center of it all.
The family is the first ring, surrounded by the community and then local institutions, which are encompassed by national and then international structures.
UVF efforts to touch all of these levels of protection, because each environmental support reinforces the others and because protecting children requires all these levels.
- We educate members of the community and help raise awareness in communities by creating and strengthening mechanism that support children’s well-being and protection, such as child protection committees, guide mothers, teachers, associations, teaching them to make effective use of local institutions responsible for preventing and responding to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence that may affect their children.
- We work with decision makers at the national level to support government in upholding international treaties, laws, services and organizations in promoting the best interests of the child.
- We advocate for international policy changes, calling upon world leaders to make protecting children a global priority.
- We help children understand the law and their own rights and responsibilities. We teach them to be agents of change, advocating for themselves and many more.
- UVF Works strongly to strengthen family’s abilities to promote their children’s well-being within safe environments. This means educating caregivers about how to help advance their children’s development, and it also includes social and economic strengthening to build family stability.