COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN (CSEC) PROJECT
With support from Kindernothilfe, ICRH Kenya has been implementing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) project since September 2016. The three-year project is ending in July 2019. It covers the larger Changamwe and Kisauni Sub-Counties in Mombasa County. Kenya. Its overall objective is to contribute to the reduction of commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children as well as improve service delivery to the victims through institutional linkages of both children and caregivers.
Specific objectives of the project
- To strengthen the capacity of the community and other stakeholders to prevent and respond to commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children.
- To contribute to behavior change and communication among children who are vulnerable to commercial sexual exploitation and sexual abuse with life skills.
- To strengthen services for victims of CSEC and sexual abuse through institutional linkages of both children and caregivers.
The following interventions are being given; one on one counselling, life skills training sessions and vocational training. Also being identified and followed up with information are caregivers of the children who are in CSEC, Community Volunteers and different stakeholders including the police, officers from the children department and Ministry of Education officers.
Capacity building sessions on child protection are being carried out on different stakeholders including; local administrators, religious leaders, paralegals, teachers, school peer educators, community volunteers, out of school peer educators and bar owners. These stakeholders are in turn supposed to reach to children and adults leading to an increased number of CSEC cases being reported.
Poverty being a major contributing factor to CSEC, caregivers are also trained in business skills so as to provide for their children hence reduce the chances of their children getting back to CSEC.