“Trust the process” – talking about child protection in Kirua Vunjo Kusini, Tanzania

“Trust the process” – talking about child protection in Kirua Vunjo Kusini, Tanzania

This blog was first posted on the Community Child Protection Exchange

The room was silent at the end of the short film – “Juma’s Story” – and I let the silence linger as I shut down my computer. We’d just started a “Kesho café” session with men and women from the 6 villages of Kirua Vunjo Kusini Ward in rural Kilimanjaro. I’d been invited to collaborate with our local partner to help upskill their child protection committee. Through this intervention we hoped to begin the process of building ujasiri to enable participants to intervene and help protect vulnerable children.

A LOOK AT THE LANDMARK DECISION TO END CHILD MARRIAGE IN TANZANIA

A LOOK AT THE LANDMARK DECISION TO END CHILD MARRIAGE IN TANZANIA

Rebecca Gyumi of the Msichana Initiative filed an application before the High Court of Tanzania in Dar-es-Salaam (Miscellaneous Civil Cause no 5 of 2016) through which they challenged the constitutionality of the provisions of the Law of Marriage Act (Cap 29), specifically Section 13 and 17 that allow for a girl under the age of 18 to be married. The matter was placed before a bench consisting of Principle Judge S. A Lila, Judge S. S Kihio and Judge A. A Munisi

CCR’S 2015 LEARNING IN A NUTSHELL

CCR’S 2015 LEARNING IN A NUTSHELL

As a result of Dr. McAlpine’s groundbreaking research into the worldview of Tanzania child protectors CCR has learnt that people who decide to protect children do so because they possess a distinct moral capacity, that she calls the Ujasiri mindset. Ujasiri literally means ‘bravery’ or ‘confidence’ in Swahili. In protectors it manifests as a strong empathetic resonance with others, a belief that children are blameless and are angels, a hope that they will pay forward the help that they receive, and a moral drive to try and do the right thing.

PROGRESS IN MODELLING CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES IN ARUSHA – 2015

PROGRESS IN MODELLING CHILD PROTECTION SERVICES IN ARUSHA – 2015

CCR is supporting the Arusha City Council to model a child protection system that is sustainable and replicable and that illustrates the policy of decentralisation in action.

We have been working with the Arusha City Council to

  • Support professional development programmes directed at frontline workers, managers and supervisors responsible for delivering child protection services.
  • Equip representatives from Arusha LGA to lobby for funding for child protection services, lead child protection services and ensure performance. And to
  • Pilot, evaluate and improve a one-stop centre and program of after-care for children who are victims of violence.