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Grassroots Men and Children Speak Out - Women's Empowerment is Progress for All!

“COFAPRI is truly giving power to our wives, daughters, and our sisters and girls in our villages here. This helps them primarily, but it also helps us all with our families." - Bukanda Isaac, DR Congo.

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Wurrie-Kenda

Children's Education in Sierra Leone - Overcoming Challenges

Wurrie Kenda has grown up in Kroo Bay without any education. She is now at the Community School and is learning quickly. It is children like Wurrie that make WYCF's school such a special place....

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Empowering Survivors in DR Congo

Help Safe World Field Partner, COFAPRI, to support rape survivors and their children in the mountain villages of Eastern DR Congo.

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Frederic Kazigwemo served time in jail for killing several people in 1994 | Photo: Benjamin Duerr/Al Jazeera

Rwanda genocide survivors back reconciliation

Mbyo is a Reconciliation Village, located one hour's drive from the capital of Kigali. Murderers and survivors of the Rwandan genocide, are neighbors. Attempting to rebuild the country.
Caroline Murphy

UK Heiress walks away from fortune after rift over her plans to turn firm into a co-operative

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I have been vocal in my belief that leadership of this business must include those working on the ground if it is to continue to deliver for the clients who have placed their trust in us over the years.
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International Women's Media Foundation: 'Protect Confidentiality of Sources'

IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) urges the Supreme Court to recognize journalists' protection against compelled disclosure of confidential sources...
Pari Gul

The Afghan policewomen taking on the Taliban

The tiny but growing number of policewomen in Afghanistan not only risk death in the line of duty, they also face personal attack from extremists, and bigotry within the ranks

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Starting Young - Teaching Children's Rights in Tanzania

We promote Child Rights Clubs in schools, covering issues such as child marriage, FGM, domestic violence, disabilities, street children.... Last year, 7000 children participated...

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Partnering for advocacy in rural Kenya

Pastoralist Child Foundation and the Fly Sister Fly Foundation partnered for an advocacy campaign in Samburu County. They held interactive sessions on early marriages, FGM/C, and challenges girls face in the pastoral nomadic community.

Protecting Vulnerable Children in Uganda

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Protecting Vulnerable Children in Uganda

By Christopher Kayongo, Director, Hope Children's Centre, January 2012

Waking up to the Smell of Smoke: Josephine

JosephineJosephineRecently, a child who suffered burns has been under the care of Hope Children’s Centre.

Josephine was left asleep in her home and was unaware of a traditional candle that was left burning by her mother – who had gone out to earn money for food stuffs for the day.

Josephine woke up to the smell of smoke that was choking her to death.

Unable to see, she staggered to the door, but could not make it. She opted for the direction of the window – only to feel the heavy collapse of the roofing. Burnt badly, she lost consciousness and was rescued by the villagers, who put out the fire and rushed her to a health centre near Hope Children’s Centre. Her condition worsened in 24 hours and the medical personnel could not handle the case, nor transport her to a big hospital.

Hope Children’s Centre was contacted for help as her mother was not able to care for her badly injured daughter.

Since that day seven months ago, Hope Children’s Centre has supported Josephine medically, morally and financially – but it is a constant challenge to find the resources to continue supporting her.

Tackling Child Sacrifice & Abuse

Hope Children's Centre has continued its Training and Sensitization of Women in Child Development, Protection and Women Empowerment, in order to tackle issues of child abuse and domestic violence, which are commonplace, as a result of widespread incidents of child sacrifice.

These cases have mainly targeted orphans as they are vulnerable.

The trainings and sensitizations target the caretakers of these disadvantaged families and communities where the orphans come from.

New Call for VolunteersHope-Childrens-Centre

The volunteering page on our website has been created in anticipation of getting volunteers to visit the centre and offer services to the children. We hope this will encourage an exchange of ideas among volunteers, as well provide them an opportunity to learn new technologies, and experience new cultures.

This will not only expose the centre to the outside world, but also strengthen partnerships with the volunteers and who can then act as recommenders for the centre.

Read more about volunteering with Hope Children's Centre