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149 (April 2016)
Monthly Internet edition of the African Movement of Working Children and Youth
(AMWCY)

Published by Enda
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*Benin: supporting children, guardians of the lake
*Burkina Faso: training WCY to fight against worst forms of child labor
*Cameroun: support project for children living in difficult conditions
*The Gambia: sensitization on early marriage
*Mauritania: celebrating March 8 on the theme of gender parity
*Rwanda: launching a new project
*Senegal: AWCY Ziguinchor takes part in the campaign for the distribution of mosquito nets


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*Benin: supporting children, guardians of the lake
On March 02nd, 2016, officials from Little Hands Italy and representatives from the National Coordination of AWCY Benin, made a night-time tour on Lake Nokoué, more specifically to the association of WCY of the Lake to follow and listen carefully to the young guardians of “acaja” (parks made up of branches of different types, traditionally used in the lake). Following the visit, they pledged to provide children with a canoe with an outboard engine and solar panels to recharge the populations’ cellular’s batteries as part of Income Generating Activity. The income generated will be used, among other things, to purchase fuel and for secondary expenses related to the IGA monitoring. This motorized canoe helps reduce child mortality due to drowning in the lake, often caused by capsizing canoes.
aejtbenin@yahoo.fr, aejtaguegue@gmail.com

*Burkina Faso: training WCY to fight against worst forms of child labor
On January 07th and 8th, 40 WCY, including 33 girls and 07 boys, took part in a liquid soap manufacturing training, facilitated by an elder WCY. The training was part of the activities of the «Protection of children on the move in West Africa» project, funded by the NGO Terre des Hommes, piloted by NC/AWCY Burkina, and implemented by AWCY from the following four towns: Bobo Dioulasso, Dedougou, Ouagadougou and Tougan. The objectives of the training were to support migrant housemaids and working children to launch IGA activities, and to get children and youth to remain in their communities by better organizing themselves. The theme of the training was chosen by WCY housemaids, following a facilitation session held by AWCY/Ouagadougou on the theme, « the impact of migration on children and youth in Burkina Faso’s major cities», where they are subjected to a lot of violence (child abuse, exploitation, hazardous work). Migrant maids learnt that they can better organize themselves in their communities by undertaking manual activities which generate incomes enabling them to contribute to the expenses of their families (school fees of their junior brothers and sisters, social events, and so on.), to pay  their weeding trousseau, and take part in the development of their own community.
cnaejtburkina@gmail.com, louedrago@gmail.com, claudeouaga@gmail.com

*Cameroon: support project for children living in difficult conditions
On February 19th, 2016, two members of AWCY’s National Coordination took part in the validation of the terms of reference (TOR) of the project for partnership with «SOS Children's Village», aimed at supporting some children in difficult situation, through AWCY Cameroon and other organizations. The studies of the project were carried out by AWCY Cameroon in 2015 in some of its member associations. During the TOR validation meeting, it was agreed that SOS would support 64 WCY for 02 years (12 in Mfou, 28 in OBALA, 18 in SOA and 06 in Yaounde). The support revolves around 03 main intervention areas: - health: helping children who have health problems or referring them to other health facilities - education: paying children’s tuition fees (if they are not very high) and for school supplies, - support: for children with no assistance, who are suffering and who need food and clothes.
christianito01@yahoo.fr,

*The Gambia: sensitization on early marriage
On March 5th, 2016, the Grassroots Group “Nanew Juboo”, a member of AWCY Barra, organized a sensitization event on early marriage at Essau city square. The event brought together more than 125 WCY and about 40 parents. WCY sensitized the community on the dangers of early marriage and pleaded for girls to be given the opportunity of completing their education before they get married. Plays and songs were devoted to the theme. Some attending parents shared their opinions, thanked WCY and agreed that they did not properly consider the consequences of early marriage earlier mentioned. They promised that they would make sure that their children would no longer be victims of the phenomenon. A city leader also urged WCY to keep up conducting such kind of educative activities to sensitize people on the harmful effects of early marriage.
cwcygam@gmail.com, pamodou2006@gmail.com,

*Mauritania: celebrating March 8 on the theme of gender parity
On March 8th, International Women’s Day, AWCY/Boghé and its supporting structure organized a conference on Gender Parity at the AWCY’s headquarters, in the «Boghé dow» district. The objective of the conference was to sensitize young girls, in particular maids, on the importance of education. Acting as a facilitator, the coordinator of the NGO Fabouya gave some examples about the importance of education for girls and the consequences of dropping out. When girls drop out of school, most of them are found in the street, become maids and are often victims of exploitation. It is important for WCY to strengthen their mobilization to fight this phenomenon and early marriage which is a major cause of girls’ dropping out school. The following attended the conference during which WCY and partners intervened: NGO Fabouya, New Vision and World Vision; the Maison des Associations Sportives et Culturelles of Boghé; animators, parents and AWCY well-wishers.
aboufall57@yahoo.fr, amadoumauritanie@gmail.com

*Rwanda: launching a new project
On February 10th, 2016, in partnership with Save the Children Rwanda, AWCY Rwanda, called «Children's Voice Today» (CVT), launched a new project titled «accountability for children's rights in Rwanda». The kick-off ceremony took place in Kigali. This three-year project (2016-2018) is funded by the European Union and will be implemented in Rutsiro district Eastern province and Nyarugenge district of Kigali city. Its purpose is to: - strengthen capacities of Child focused Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and children's groups to engage effectively with Government budgeting processes at local and national level - and ensure that Child focused CSOs and children’s groups are effectively engaged in social accountability initiatives and the use of international mechanisms. Children are the main actors in the implementation of the project, while CVT manages project activities in the two districts selected. Children are supported to actively participate in the process; initiate discussions with parliamentarians and media professionals and present their views in a friendly and supportive environment for children. The methodology leads to the development of simple written and verbal messages to present to parliamentarians. Children will be supported to actively participate in the process and to engage in the discussion with parliamentarians and the media practitioners and present their views in a child friendly and conducive environment. The methodology leads to the development of simple written and verbal messages to present to parliamentarians. The children will receive support to participate in the annual national children’s summit which will be another opportunity to raise their issues and to influence national plans and priorities. CVT is in good relationships with the Government and has received an appreciation letter from National Commission for Children (NCC) for having actively involved in elections of children’s forum.
childrenrwanda@gmail.com, omaritony@gmail.com
 
*Senegal: AWCY Ziguinchor takes part in the campaign for the distribution of mosquito nets
As part of the realization of the right to health care, AWCY Ziguinchor is conducting many activities, including talks on malaria. From February 27th to March 7th, 2016, Ziguinchor’s WCY took part in the MILDA campaign held in various neighborhoods and medical stations around Ziguinchor; some acted as community relays and others as supervisors. This campaign focused on the use by the populations of mosquito nets, based on the “3T” slogan (‘For the whole family’, ‘all year round’, ‘every night’) as a method of preventing malaria. Previously, WCY attended a training session which was organized by medical stations to learn more about census areas in order to visit all compounds of the census unit and identify households within each compound visited
aejtzigu@yahoo.fr, minguendiay@yahoo.fr


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