We have 3 projects that we urgently need to fund
Could YOU, alone, fund one of our projects to enable marginalised and extremely vulnerable children, to have their voices heard, at the UN?
At Safe Child Africa our child protection work focuses around a triage of activity:
1. Crisis Support for Children accused of Witchcraft (and those experiencing other forms of child abuse) which is delivered through our Safety Net project.
2. Grass Roots Advocacy - working with voluntary child protection groups and stakeholders to redraw Civil Society's attitude to child rights and child abuse.
3. High level Advocacy - lobbying for change at policy maker level and the committee of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Because of our size and limited financial resources, there are always projects that we really want to progress, but for which we simply don't have the funds. Could you help us ?
Life Through a Lens: 'Let me be seen and heard'
In 2017, we want to empower groups of children, who have been accused of witchcraft (or those who have experienced violence, abuse or neglect) to have their views seen and heard, by creating their own 'Life through a Lens' Video Diaries.
What is the purpose?
We want children to have the tools at their fingertips that will allow them to capture what life is really like for a child in Nigeria, under the current state of child protection.
Why is this necessary?
The state of current child protection is vastly inadequate: until this changes, child rights abuses will continue. They are a humanitarian crisis and we need the world to see this.
So how can video diaries make a difference?
Every 4 years, Nigeria - being a state signatory to the UN Convention on Human Rights - is duty bound to report to the committee on the state of current Child Rights Protection. Nigeria was due to do this in 2016 but the report remains outstanding.
Once Nigeria's state report is submitted, it provides an opportunity for Shadow Reports to be submitted to the committee (of the UN Convention). These give other organisations the chance to submit their own perspectives on the child rights situation in Nigeria. And the Video Diaries, would give children the chance to submit theirs.
Why use the medium of film to do this?
Providing children with the tools (hand held cameras, transportation, editing support, consumables, security/protection and production facilities) to produce their own films would allow each child to share their personal experiences, in their own words.
It will also teach them new skills, harness their creativity, allow them to be participatory in an experience that is enjoyable and that has real purpose. They will also be given the chance to be at the helm of something that has the potential to make change. For children who have never experienced a sense of control over anything, this really matters.
What happens once the Video Diaries are made?
Once complete, we want the Video Diaries to be submitted as a report, to engage with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child concerning the current state of child rights protection in Nigeria. And we also want to use the Video Diaries to help us bring the issues raised, to the attention of other policy makers and to reshape the way that Nigerian civil society views child's rights.
The more we can do to raise awareness of the issue of child rights abuses, the greater impact we will have in reducing the number of children who are accused of witchcraft or who experience child abuse. We then stand a better chance of breaking the cycles of abuse and ultimately, we will be effective at helping more children to live free from fear.
We consider enabling children to submit their own report, through the medium of film will be a very powerful tool in directly demonstrating to the committee, how children in Nigeria are affected by failures to protect their rights.
Empowering children to make their own video diary means they are active participants in helping to shape Child Rights in Nigeria. This would be the first time that extremely marginalised and vulnerable Nigerian children have had the opportunity to directly participate in UN rights reporting processes.
How much will it cost?
We have 3 different funding requirements for Life Through a Lens: 'Let me be seen and heard'
would empower 10 children to make their own 'My Life Through a Lens' Video Diary in Calabar. It would provide provide full production and editing costs (detailed breakdown available)
would enable 15 children to make their own video diary in Cross Rivers State, Akwa Ibom State and at our Stepping Stones Model School.
would empower 25 children to make their own 'My Life Through a Lens' Video Diary across a wider geographical area across all of the facilities that Safe Child Africa supports.
Could you help?
We know some supporters like to fund a project in it's entirety.
If you are interested in funding one of these projects, there are various ways you can help. If you are interested we expect you will have a lot more questions about how your valuable gift would be spent and when it would be put to effect. If you are a higher rate tax payer we can show you how you maximise your gift, through Gift Aid. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Alternatively, if you feel inspired by what we are trying to achieve with 'Life Through a Lens' and you would like to donate now, please click here to be directed to our donation page.