Children At Risk (CAR)

Children At Risk (CAR)

KAACR is a member of the Children at Rask [CaR] Coalition formed in 2012 as a partnership that had a common goal in child protection. The coalition is a Joint Child Protection initiative by RAPADO, ADC and KAACR. The coalition has been implementing the Western Kenya Children at Risk [CaR] program, specifically in Vihiga, Kisumu and Migori Counties with support from ICCO Cooperation and Kerk In Actie. Between 2012 and 2015 the CaR program sought to prepare children to be good citizens while they fully enjoy their rights so that they can contribute to building a peaceful Kenya. The program initiated from 2012 ends by December 2015.  The CaR coalition recognizes children as the key target beneficiaries. Children across Kenya, especially those in our operating areas face various forms of issues that affect their fundamental rights as citizens. Even though the trend and types of issues differ from county to county, the following provide a basic overview of the issues that the children encounter in Western Kenya;

  • High child and maternal morbidity and mortality, high rates of malnutrition, diseases and lack of adequate social protection mechanisms for Children at Risk and their families. High incidences of STIs and HIV/AIDS
  • High prevalence of various forms of child abuses like child labour, neglect, exploitation and violation of children’s rights. Low participation of children and marginalized families/communities in decision making processes at policy levels
  • Poor access to basic services and facilities (water, access to quality education).
  • Vulnerability to natural/man-made disasters and conflicts
  • Widespread food insecurity and low family disposable incomes.

In the project area [Migori, Kisumu and Vihiga], children are involved in, labor induced jobs in the service sector [Domestic work, street work, scavenging, begging, hawking, scrap metal picking], agricultural sectors (Fishing, herding livestock, production of sugarcane, maize, tobacco and pineapple production), and in the industrial sector (burning charcoal, transporting goods, Sand harvesting, building and construction, boda boda transport, making bricks, and mining). In some cases children are exposed to Child prostitution and commercial sex work. Eventually Child labor contributes to increased poverty and unstable livelihoods. Other effects comprise increased incidences of   diseases such as STIs and HIV Infections, child marriages and forced marriages among children, poor educational outcomes and generally increased crime.

 

The three year project is designed to intervene under four broad objectives;

  1. To create and promote community awareness, social mobilisation and dialogue on eliminating child labour at the community level -
  2. To promote access to quality education;
  3. To improve the livelihoods of families of children in or rescued from child labour through economic empowerment programs
  4. To advocate for creation of awareness  on the National Child Protection Framework (policies and legislations) in Kenya in relation to children