Who we are

Action for Children in Conflict (AfCiC) is a Kenyan non-governmental organization (NGO) that has been operating since 2004 in Thika (45 km north-east of Nairobi), in the districts of Kiambu, Muranga and other nearby counties, supporting projects aimed at prevent, support and rehabilitate children and street children who live situations of high social marginality every day. In the last ten years AfCiC has grown a lot by developing projects of legal support, prevention and treatment of HIV / AIDS, implementing adoptions, food aid and promoting the capacity for growth and economic development of the communities.

VISION

A world of opportunities, equal and sustainable for every child.

MISSION

Enhance and support the growth and development of children, young people and their families by facilitating access to justice, education, health, and their psychosocial and economic support. Putting communities at the center and fostering their growth through fair and sustainable opportunities.

GOALS OF THE NGO

  • Develop and support community development projects.
  • Consolidate all forms of reconciliation and peace-building activities in order to promote constructive opportunities for Thika and more generally for Kenya. -
  • Strengthen the capacities of local communities so that, despite the social context being vulnerable and fragile, they are able to carry out projects aimed at improving environmental degradation.
  • Support political advocacy actions to develop changes in established practices and mentalities.

AREAS OF INTERVENTION

REHABILITATION AND RECOVERY OF STREET CHILDREN

AfCiC carries out street activities and the recovery of children who daily experience situations of high social marginality. Attention is directed in particular to young people who are exposed to the most desperate and abandoned conditions with the dual objective of supporting them and reintegrating them within an adequate and healthy life context. At the same time, the project favors an environment in which children have access to education and basic health services, thus satisfying the basic needs necessary for their growth and development that is adequate to their potential. The heart of AfCiC's work is the management of the Interim Care Center, a place of residence for children who have lived the experience of the street. The Center is located a few kilometers from the city of Thika, in a rural area surrounded by more than two hectares of land and offers formal and informal education programs that facilitate children in their school reintegration and in their return home. We work in close contact with families in order to strengthen ties within the communities of origin. The children who attend the Center live in a welcoming, protective and structured environment that allows them to become healthy, serene and balanced young people. Another precious place of the Organization's work is the Working Children Center, "frontier outpost", located, instead, in a strongly urbanized context, in the heart of the Majengo slum, not far from the center of Thika. The Center is an ideal space for young people who want to meet and discuss issues and issues that concern them. It has some computers with internet connections that allow them to be easily in contact with the rest of the world. The Working Children Center is also characterized by its artistic vocation: in its spaces, in fact, the boys can make different creative experiences, learning to tell their story in an original way and to communicate their deepest emotions and feelings. Finally, thanks to music and theater, they can also earn a small income. The Working Children Center is also attended by children of preschool age and by young people who have not yet left the road, but who know that in this place they find operators who are attentive and interested in their difficult lives.

ECONOMIC STRENGTHENING

The activity consists in the development of the personal skills of child workers and street children with the start of professional start-up and apprenticeship courses with local artisans, shops and workshops, etc. In addition to contact with potential employers, the project also involves raising parents' awareness of the important role of supporting and encouraging their children in continuing the new activities undertaken: the social workers of AfCiC realize meetings with parents and artisans to monitor the educational path of the children. Another important activity involves the supply of livelihoods to the most vulnerable households, especially those affected by HIV / Aids. The organization distributes dairy goats and economic contributions to the communities so that families can start income-generating activities, especially in agriculture. AfCiC collaborates with four groups of women - each consisting of about forty / sixty people - in different counties adjacent to Thika, where high infection rates have occurred. FOOD SUPPORT According to the census carried out by AfCiC in 2011, 65% of street children abandon their family nucleus of origin due to hunger. The school food program therefore aims to the goal of guaranteeing the most vulnerable and vulnerable children of slums a hot meal a day in the schools they attend, thus also reducing school drop-out. The program takes place in the three elementary schools of Garissa Road, St. Patrick and Caribaribi and has proved particularly effective also for the improvement of academic performance.

FOOD SUPPORT

According to the census carried out by AfCiC in 2011, 65% of street children abandon their family nucleus of origin due to hunger. The school food program therefore sets itself the goal of guaranteeing the most vulnerable and vulnerable children of slums a hot meal a day in the schools they attend, thus also reducing school drop-out. The program takes place in the three elementary schools of Garissa Road, St. Patrick and Caribaribi and has proved particularly effective also for the improvement of academic performance.

RIGHT TO EDUCATION

Within the elementary schools, AfCiC promotes and coordinates the Children's Clubs. The Organization supports minors by raising awareness of their rights and duties, promotes the importance of their active participation within the communities, and supports educational institutions in recognizing children's rights. Teachers also attend training courses on the rights of children, parents and human rights in general with the aim of intervening effectively when the most elementary rights are denied and at the same time encourage children to report and react in case of violence and abuses that are often found even in the home. Holiday Clubs are held in elementary schools in April, August and December - holiday periods in Kenya - offering about eight hundred children lessons in various subjects and a hot lunch every day. Practiced sports activities help children stay away from the road, from abuse and exploitation.

LEGAL SUPPORT

The project provides legal advice to parents, community women and children; promotes advocacy activities at community level and with local institutions for the recognition of a fair and lawful treatment.

HELP PROGRAM

AfCiC provides psychosocial support to women detained together with their children in the Thika women's prison and acts as an intermediary with families during the detention period. The support also includes financial contributions, both to start income-generating activities at the end of the sentence, and for the payment of school fees and the uniforms of children left at home.

ADOPTIONS

Every year school fees are paid to 150 children so that they can attend primary and secondary school, and uniforms, books and stationery are also provided. Since the start of the activities, the program has sponsored more than 500 children.

PARTNERSHIP FOR TALENT DEVELOPMENT

An initiative aimed at identifying and enhancing potential talents between children and young people in the communities. The skills that are considered are sports, creative and musical.

The new agricultural project that promotes circular economy forms: WE GROW OUR FUTU

Starting from respect for the land and agriculture, and from safeguarding the right to food, health and work, the Action for Children in Conflict project (AfCiC) is born. We  cultivate our future! .

This project is part of AfCiC’s current areas of action, integrating them with a set of new agricultural activities that offer groups of street children, working children and vulnerable women, decent living conditions, training and job opportunities, economic autonomy and social inclusion .

Let’s cultivate our future!  intends to start the construction of an eco-compatible food chain in which each member is subject and at the same time as the recipient of a specific action. It will give and receive strength from the others and can, in turn, contribute to generating a habitat favorable to the emergence of further and progressive entrepreneurial initiatives by the young people and the women involved.

The goal and the main challenge of the project is to start a path that allows the most vulnerable members of the community, former street children, single mothers, women who live in situations of great discomfort and vulnerability, to become protagonists of a new system of relationships social and economic triggered by the response to a fundamental need: everyday food, cultivated with responsibility towards people and the environment. 

The key element of the project will be the adoption of a sustainable community model for the reception, rehabilitation, training and reintegration of children and adolescents who live or have lived on the streets around Thika. We will adopt an approach based on the development of their resources and capacities and not only on the pure satisfaction of their needs. Respecting their fundamental rights and developing their potential and talents so that the benefits are long-lasting.

To achieve these results, and to be able to return them to the outside, the chosen methodology will pass through the use of artistic forms such as peer-to-peer training   interactive interventions of street theater, neighborhood photography and video-communication, for create new creative tools of socialization and communication, to mend broken dialogues with families, contexts of origin and their own community. This will make it possible for street children to have an important opportunity for growth and personal and social redemption, which will also become economic in the future.

The intention is to promote a process of communication and narration of the project that is realized with its users: street children and vulnerable women will talk about their work and their growth as producers-retailers and communicators within a sustainable local economy that can be replicated in other areas.

The integration of AfCiC’s consolidated activities, with the new projects promoted by  Cultivate our future! , will also allow to strengthen the capacities and resources of the local community of Thika, an ex-industrial city, itself fragile and vulnerable, and to enable it to improve the conditions of social and environmental degradation that characterize it today, enhancing the contribution qualified and innovative of boys and women who until now have been on its margins.

In summary:

* According to the census carried out by AfCiC in 2011, 65% of street children abandon their family nucleus of origin due to hunger.

* Thanks to the agricultural project, children and teenagers return to the streets no longer to ask or steal, but to offer, sell a product, such as vegetable plants, quality seeds, compost; they gain within a supply chain system that contribute to creating and strengthening progressively.

* It intends to safeguard and promote biodiversity, produce more healthy and rich food, less impact on the environment.

* It will be necessary to learn, “practice” agriculture, cultivate, conserve and transform food. Enter quality in every activity developed in the system and use it as an identity and marketing tool.

* At the end of the project, food is to be marketed through catering or street food (activities that can generate income).

* Develop theatrical activities for the creation of new languages and video training for the documentation of the actions taken.

For information in:

-Kenya contact John Muiruri – kenyadirector@actionchildren.or.ke

– Italy contact Martina Vitale Ney –  martina.vitale@actionchildren.or.ke

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