Free Pentecostal fellowship in Kenya Children Department
Our motivation to work came as a result of what we found in our longtime experience with children; to most communities in the Kenyan society children are only to “be seen and not to be heard”. For instance pastors, parents, and children workers were raising concern for creation and strengthening the national children department within FPFK. Children workers too expressed their concern on the need to protect children and address the alarming state of incidents of child abuse and violation of their rights across the country. Reportedly, children also expressed a wish to have children-centered programs that and address the abuse of their rights. FPFK identified existing child rights violations with limited intervention by the church; this motivated the development of Children Rights Advocacy Project FPFK through Children Rights Advocacy Project (CRAP) will contribute to the reduction of violation of children rights through education and advocacy work targeting church members, the catchment communities, government and other civil society groups. FPFK seeks to contribute to the government’s development key priorities areas on the implementation of The Framework for the National Child Protection System for Kenya and vision 2030 at National and county level.
Aim of FPFK Child Rights Advocacy project
To establish the faith based organizations FBOs as a strong alternative child protection system by improving knowledge and skills among FPFK members and the society through networking with other stake holders to prevent child abuse and exploitation within communities in order; • To strengthen the role of the church in areas of children rights and protection. • To provide a platform where children rights are positively addressed. • To advocate, sensitize and educate the community on children rights. • To build networks with other faith, civil society organizations and the government in strengthening both formal and informal child protection systems.
Major Activities of FPFK Child Rights Advocacy Project
• Training and sensitization to the local leaders, community workers and children on children rights issues. • Development of educational materials on children rights for training purposes and sensitization. • Creating awareness through learning institutions and the community by initiating children rights clubs in schools and community events.