Our Causes

NEGLECT

Child Neglect

The COVID-19 lockdown exposed children to more sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have long-lasting adverse psychological effects on children, there have been comparatively few studies on children’s health as compared with adults, particularly in low-income countries.

VIOLENCE

Domestic Violence

Children are an often-overlooked population due to their lower mortality rates. For instance, one study has reported a mortality rate of 0.03 per 100,000 deaths among children aged 0–9 years. However, many children are victims of child sexual, physical and emotional abuse and neglect. Many are exposed to domestic violence in our areas, they need help in counseling, advice and support.

DROPOUTS

School Drop Outs

School dropout cases were due to the limited children’s access to basic needs such as food, health care, among others. Due to the lockdown, a large proportion of parents lost their source of income, resulting in many families unable to regularly feed their households. In a May 2020 child protection rapid survey that covered 24 districts, districts reported inability by most parents to provide their children with the basic needs due to lockdown measures.

ABUSE

Childs Sexual Abuse

Child abuse cases have become rampant. People like aunties, uncles, brothers and sisters abuse the children. The major factors stemmed from poverty, which pushed children into unsuitable work, into streets, to live away from their parents, or into other vulnerable situations. Children and adolescents have also been prime targets of rape, sexual assault and sexual exploitation. We all know that a family is the first line of protection for children.

EARLY MARRIAGE

Early Childhood Marriages

It’s a global problem affecting millions of girls across our area and the world at large. It is considered a human rights violation because it deprives those involved of education and health services, the chance to learn skills and develop their personalities and leaves them vulnerable. This is commonly caused by increasing levels of poverty, low levels of education backed by cultural and traditional beliefs of securing the lives of girls in marriage.

VULNERABILITY

Child Vulnerability

It’s an outcome of the interaction of a range of individual and environmental factors that compound dynamically over time. Child vulnerabilities vary as these factors change and evolve. Age, for example, shapes children’s needs while also exposing them to potential new risks. Infants, who are completely dependent and require responsive and predictable caregiving, are particularly sensitive to parents’ health and material deprivation.

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