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135 (February 2015)
Monthly Internet edition of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth
(AMWCY)

Published by Enda with the support of Plan
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* Benin: New Year greetings to town councilors and a census on unregistered children
* Burundi: survey on young housemaids
* The Gambia: training, sensitization and survey on malaria
* Guinea: help for jailed children
* Mauritania: sewing equipment gift
* Niger: sensitization sessions at apprentice workshops
* Sierra Leone: fighting the spread of the Ebola virus by promoting hygiene

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* Benin: New Year greetings to town councilors and a census on unregistered children
From January 2 to7, 2015, AWCY presented in their respective cities their New Year greetings and their 2015 action plans to town councilors. As part of their fight against the violence children are subjected to and regarding the census of unregistered children carried out in collaboration with Plan Benin, they got the support of some town halls. The Town-Hall of Kandi made a proposal to discuss with WCYs a budget to take care of breakfast and training for Quranic pupils who want to learn a trade. In Bassilla, the Mayor signed cards to support the census. The Town-Hall of Sô-Ava ordered all village leaders to hire people who would inform the populations about the census which was taking place in AWCY’s 35 member cities. WCY are working on the ground, going from one house to another. Results dealing with the census carried out in five cities which resulted in 500 children being censured were reported to the National Coordination.
menoudjinorbert@gmail.com

* Burundi: survey on young housemaids
From January 05 to 9, 2015, AWCYs called «SEST i Wacu i Burundi», in collaboration with Terre des Hommes, led a study on children who work as housemaids in the communes of Kinama and Kamenge in Bujumbura the capital city. The survey dealt with children who live in the provinces of Ngozi and Kayanza. Following the study, partners organized leisure activities to enable children to share their ideas (football games, songs, plays and listening activities).
In addition, in all cities, management committees are made up of children in accordance with the AMWCY procedures handbook to enable them to make decisions on issues which affect them. Most SEST in cities (Cibitoke, Rutana, Kayanza, Ngozi and Ruyigi) harvest their annual crops of cassava, pineapple, corn, banana and corn. Once sold, these produce will help them replenish their associations’ funds to operate better.
sestburundi@yahoo.fr, hatungfabrice@yahoo.fr

* The Gambia: training, sensitization and survey on malaria
AWCY Soma attended a tow-day training session with the «Nova Scotia Gambia Association» on the causes of malaria and sensitization for behavioral change. The 30 training participants have now a better understanding of disease prevention methods. They learned how to convince the community, children and youth, mainly to change attitudes about issues which affect them: early teenage pregnancy, sexual abuse, drug overuse and poor living conditions. The association conducted a survey which was coupled with a sensitization session on malaria in Soma and its surroundings in order to know the number of people and families who do not have a mosquito net and to sensitize them about the importance of mosquito nets. More than 346 people were concerned by these activities.
pamodou2006@gmail.com, cwcygam@gmail.com

* Guinea: help for jailed children
WCYs have been paying visits to children in the central prison of Conakry for several months. Their activities enabled them to get from the National Directorate of Penitentiary Institutions, a pass to all civil prisons in the country and the release of some children with light sentences. After the children were re-connected with their relatives, WCYs were asked by authorities, parents and by children themselves to work towards the reintegration of the young detainees as soon as they are released from prison. However, WCYs are faced with a problem of transit for children freed from prison but who do not have any relative in Conakry. The judge preferred to keep them in custody in order to prevent them from committing more serious acts upon their release because they lack ties in Conakry. WCYs met the NGO Sabou Guinea with whom they paid a visit to children in a state of emergency in the central prison. Children were classed into cases and steps were taken with the courts to release those who have already served their time, and to speed up cases that are awaiting trial.
cn.aejtguinee1@gmail.com, charlyket86@yahoo.fr, sowfatoubinta2@gmail.com

* Mauritania: sewing equipment gift
On November 30, 2014, thanks to support from World Vision, AWCY Boghé gave away some sewing equipment to 7 trained WCYs. The equipment was delivered in AWCY’s premises in the presence of local and administrative authorities, and partners and parents. The beneficiaries were given the following: 1 sewing machine, 1 machine table, 1 chair, 3 rolls of cotton ticket, 20 coils of wire, 1 pair of scissors, 50 meters of embroidered fabric, 1 tape measure, 1 liter of oil machine and 1 box of spare parts. This will help them start some income generating activities. WCYA Boghé was warmly thanked by administrative and local authorities, partners and parents, for contributing to the development of the country by fighting against unemployment. It is also helping its commune implement its local development plan, improving both WCYs’ and their families’ living conditions by fulfilling their right to learn a trade.
cn_aejtmauritanie@yahoo.fr, amadoudjibi2003@yahoo.fr

* Niger: sensitization sessions at apprentice workshops
On January 06, 2015, the Association of Working Children and Youth of Niger (AWCYN) organized sensitization sessions in 5 communal districts and 9 neighborhoods in the Niamey Urban Community on the following theme: «Stop the physical and mental exploitation of working children and youth». Sensitization sessions took placeafter introductory and information meetings with workshop heads and apprentices. Thanks to these meetings, WCYs created conditions conducive to workshop heads further subscribing to their activities; they were authorized to conduct sensitization sessions in the workshops and were given support regarding the organization of these activities. Through the sensitization campaign, AEJTN tries to organize WCYs to better defend their rights, to convince workshop heads to give hours and days off to apprentices, and to enable all WCYs to learn how to read and write, to enjoy rest and to have access to healthcare in case of illness. Leaflets and posters were distributed to workshop heads to spread sensitization messages and a question/answer session was organized.   
oumarou_hamani@yahoo.fr

* Sierra Leone: fighting the spread of the Ebola virus by promoting hygiene
WCYs take care of the safety of children and young people who are more affected by the Ebola virus, since they are exposed to an environment facing a crisis. They go from house to house to meet and sensitize parents and children on this deadly virus. From January 17 to 18, 2015, AWCY (SL) promoted hygiene as a means to fight the spread of the Ebola virus. WCYs helped their peers and children by distributing soap, chlorine, hand sanitizers and plastic buckets, in the districts of Kenema and Bombali in the Northern and Eastern provinces of Sierra Leone where 230 children and youth were targeted. To disseminate the messages of their campaign in a strong manner and give more visibility to their activities, WCYs worked with parents, teachers, religious leaders, print and online journalists. Young girls and boys were interviewed on their understanding of the topics. Two religious leaders and one teacher were asked about how to restore confidence and hope in children and youth. WCYs in Sierra Leone are working to reduce the rate of infection among children and youth by promoting hygiene as a priority; the regular washing of hands, avoiding body contact, quarantining sick people and avoiding contact with dead relatives. During WCYs’ campaign, children learned to respect the medical state of emergency declared by the Government which banned public gatherings.
bangsheikh2013@gmail.com


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