- Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is a global concern and is one of the common forms of sexual violence against children.
- The Violence against Children study (VAC Survey, 2019) shows that among 18 to 24-year-olds, 45.9% of females and 56.1% of males reported experiencing sexual violence during childhood.
- Along the Coast, CSEC is predominantly high due to a couple of factors such as poverty, neglect, societal norms, and culture that promote violations such as early marriages as well as the area being a major tourist attraction site.
- The most common forms of CSEC include; child prostitution, child sex tourism, and survival sex.
- ICRH-K in partnership with Kindernothilfe (KNH) and the County Government of Mombasa is implementing the “Linda Mtoto” project aimed at addressing CSE among children aged 10-17 years old in Mombasa County through identification, linkages and strengthening community structures. The program implementation is guided by the organizational child protection, mental health and Monitoring and Evaluation Policies.
- Community approach through Community Health Volunteers & Child Protection Volunteers
- School approach through an in-school life skills program
- Institutional linkages for children and caregivers/parents
Capacity Building and community sensitization
Education and Vocational support to child beneficiaries
Stakeholder engagement and advocacy
Mental Health programme for children and caregivers/parents
Child meaningful participation in program implementation and monitoring