CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Support programme for the protection
of vulnerable children
Joint project between the Central African Republic and the Republic of the Congo
AREA OF EXPERTISE
Education and protection
FROM 05/01/2016 TO 04/30/2019
- Funding: French Development Agency / European Union / UNICEF
- Number of beneficiaries: Two networks of partner organizations, 1,000 people including public actors in connection with vulnerable children in Bangui, Brazzaville and Pointe Noire, 2,000 street children, 500 incarcerated juveniles and 800 juveniles in a situation of social breakdown.
- A network of actors working for street children in the Central African Republic (RFERC);
- A network of actors working for street children experiencing situations of social disruption and family break-up (REIPER) in the Republic of the Congo.
The major humanitarian crisis in CAR and the endemic poverty in the Republic of the Congo impact juveniles in a situation of great vulnerability - street children, incarcerated or experiencing situations of social disruption or family break-up – who are still exposed to multiple forms of violence.
Placement in a foster family as part of the project already initiated in Brazzaville, which aims to improve the protection and reintegration of children in a situation of vulnerability
With financial support from UNICEF, EU, private foundations, and now AFD, TGH has been working with vulnerable children in Bangui since 2011, and in Brazzaville and Pointe Noire since 2013.
- The programme integrates institutional actors in connection with child protection, who are trained on legal provisions. It provides support to street children (daily rounds performed by the mobile field unit), and organizes events for incarcerated juveniles. The reception centers also benefit from improved sanitary conditions.
- In addition to being placed in a reception center or in a temporary foster family, juveniles experiencing situations of social disruption or family break-up receive support as well as academic refresher courses (or training) in order to prepare their social reintegration.
- Finally, the programme includes a capacity building component for the coordination offices of partners and member associations. In fact, TGH considers that the collaboration with a local partner is essential for the implementation of activities, the achievement of results and programme ownership by our partners. Ultimately, these partners will aim to implement all activities in an autonomous way.
The main expected results are:
- Awareness-raising of State actors on children's rights and on legal and social devices for the protection of juveniles.
- Strengthening of the organizational and operational skills of the coordination offices of RFERC and REIPER.
- Establishment of prevention devices for the protection of juveniles at risk in Bangui and Brazzaville.
- Guidance and implementation of services aiming at the social reintegration of juveniles experiencing situations of social disruption or family break-up.
Team of the mobile field unit - Brazzaville