ONE MORE DAY FOR CHILDREN GIRLS` SAFE HOUSE / RESCUE CENTRE FOR THE SURVIVORS OF FGM, CHILD MARRIAGES AND BEADING
Girl Child empowerment, Family counseling and Rehabilitation program
EDUCATION, CHILD RIGHTS & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
National Plan of Action to operationalize the World Summit Declaration and Plan of Action developed pillars of Survival, Development, Protection and Participation as a basis of interventions on issues affecting children. We developed our programs to resonate with the pillars.
The following are our current programs, which we shall be expanding gradually to address the NPA pillars:
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The One More Day for Children Girls` Safe House is located in Laikipia County, Laikipia North subcounty in Doldol town Centre. The project targets girls within the legal definition of “a child” from minority and pastoralist communities in Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo counties. This Safe House provides a safe haven where Maasai, Samburu and Rendile girls can escape / rescued from early marriage, female genital mutilation, Samburu Beading leading to unwanted pregnancies and other sexual and gender based violence in order to pursue education. Since it started in 2011, the Safe house has rescued more than 1000 girls, providing them with shelter, Food, clothing, education, counselling and healthcare
Although practices like FGM and Child marriage are illegal in Kenya, many remote people-groups still practice them. Through the Girls’ Rescue Center and our other efforts in these areas, OMDC hopes to influence these communities to discard these damaging traditions.
In FGM and early marriage, we work closely with police and our trained community paralegals to apprehend both the suitor and the girls’ parents and through our members of the board who are lawyers and High Court advocates, probonal services is provided to secure justice. Since inception, OMDC foundation is recognized for its effective rapid response for children in need of urgent rescue, shelter, health and other services
To these girls, the rescue center is much more than just ‘home’ – it is a fresh start, and hope for a better future.
OMDC has been working in Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo Counties since 2009.In 2010, the Government and the Maasai Community from Laikipia donated 11 acre of Land to the foundation as a sign of partnership and in appreciation to the work the foundation was carrying out in the area of securing and protecting Children`s Rights. The land is in Laikipia North District, Doldol town.
This means recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, and/or receipt of a child for the purpose of slavery, forced labor and exploitation.
There are no apparent standard procedures for transportation. Sometimes the girls are collected in groups and taken to their destination. At times, they are brought in individually to the intermediate location where they meet with other co-travelers. Minor traffickers apparently do their own recruiting as the intermediaries, who then sell the ―load‖ to organized trafficking syndicates. There are reports of girls being raped as a form of initiation during the journey.
In Laikipia, Samburu and Isiolo counties most children are trafficked for servitude, sexual slavery, child marriage, forced labor, drug peddling and debt bondage. OMDC being a member of the National coalition on counter Trafficking in person rescues or receives these children and work for their counselling and repatriation
OMDC also undertakes mediation activities among parents who might be in conflict with their children especially girls due to FGM, Beading or Child marriage. OMDC provides counseling to such parents with the aim of having the child’s needs adequately addressed by both parties.
Parents and guardians are divided into several groups; they are trained and facilitated to register self-help groups with bank accounts in banks of their choice. They are trained on alternative livelihood. These groups are periodically enhanced through grants to boost their projects and later, the child is reunited as a successful exit strategy.
Combating the effects of poverty is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity today. OMDC invest in families to prevent perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of poverty through training on how to start a successful businesses. Investment in families delivers a dividend that is not easily measured in economic terms. OMDC to invest in families to prevent perpetuating an intergenerational cycle of poverty through training on how to start successful businesses. Investment in families delivers a dividend that is not easily measured in economic terms.
This strengthens family relationships to effectively care for and protect children by providing counseling, psychosocial support, and facilitation of family reunification with support for income generating activities. The program is premised on the recognition that the best place a child can ever be is in its original family.
Child sponsorship helps provide life-giving basics like food, clean water, medical care, and education — giving kids the chance to simply be kids. Today the organization has more than 200 children on sponsorship, spread out in different education levels. This helps address their educational needs, medical and dental care services, Nutrition, accommodation and clothing. The biggest number of the beneficiaries lives with guardians in the slums and rural poor where most of them are elderly grandmothers.
Sponsorship takes care of all kind of children the organization rescues and undertakes to help as children in need of protection. They include:
For only USD 60, a child who would have otherwise died is provided with hope and future. More about how one can sponsor a child is provided in our Sponsorship guide in this website.
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