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FAMILY FOR EVERY CHILD

Family for Every Child is a unique global alliance of national civil society organisations working together to improve the care of children around the world. Together we work towards a world where every child can grow up safe and protected in a family and be provided with quality alternative care when needed. Through Family we strive to achieve better care for children locally and globally through advocacy and technical cooperation, research and knowledge-sharing.

POLICE ADMINISTRATION

Key partners in addressing issues of harassment among associations.

CHILDREN INSTITUTIONS: KWETU HOME OF PEACE, RESCUE DADA AND ST MARTIN’S HOME

Some children rescued and housed at Undugu’s Kitengela temporary place of safety do not have parents or their parents/guardians cannot be traced. Partnership with other children’s institutions enables Undugu to exit such children from the centre and place them into such homes for long term care and shelter.

KENYA ALLIANCE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF CHILDREN’S RIGHTS (KAACR)

This organization spearheads a Child Participation Committee of which Undugu is a member. KAACR is a child focused organization known for its advocacy work on the rights of children. They have been key in providing information on issues concerning children’s rights.

NATIONAL AUTHORITY FOR THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST DRUG ABUSE (NACADA)

They provide information on issues of drugs and substance abuse. They have provided training opportunities for Undugu staff to learn the effects of drugs and substance abuse. They have been involved in campaign activities that focus on drugs and substance abuse.

END CHILD PROSTITUTION IN KENYA (ECPIK)/SEX WORKERS OUTREACH PROJECT

They are key in addressing issues of Child Sexual Exploitation of Children especially girls. SWOP offers medical attention and advice to girls engaged in Commercial sex.

AFRICAN NETWORK FOR THE PREVENTION AND PROTECTION AGAINST CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT (ANNCPAN)

A child rights organization that supports individuals and organizations in addressing issues of children rights. ANNCPAN spearheads the Nairobi Child Protection Team, a network body of which Undugu is a member, and the members of this team have been assisting each other in cases that need referral of all sorts, including legal assistance for abused children.

NAIROBI CHILD PROTECTION TEAM

The Nairobi Child Protection Network, a local Network of NGOs ad public institutions spearheading issues relating to children protection and rights. The Network presented USK with an opportunity to raise awareness on some of the issues affecting children living and working on the streets such as police harassment. Children in need of other services not provided by USK are referred to other organizations within the network.

NGO CHILD RIGHTS COMMITTEE (NGO CRC) NETWORK

This is a network in the children’s sector that is mandates to monitor Kenya’s implementation of international treaties and participate in periodic reviews of the treaties.  The committee has four sub-committee:- legal and policy; rapid response, child poverty and child participation.  The committee is spearheaded by Kenya Alliance for Advancement of Children rights. Undugu is an active member of the Legal & policy and the Child participation sub-committees.

The committee meets on a quarterly basis or when need arises.

Legal and policy sub-committee – is a platform think tank on legal and policy issues affecting children. It monitors and reviews bills and policies to ensure they are child friendly. The main objectivities of the sub-committee are:

1. Engage in policy formulation and analysis in a participatory way of already existing policies.
2. Create awareness on legal and policy issues among stakeholders and child rights practitioners.
3. Provide legal advice to the NGO CRC on legal issues that affect children.

The Child participation sub-committee --focuses on giving the children a right to participate in issues affecting them as provided by Article 12 of the UNCRC. It gives the children the right to express their opinions and to be heard, to be allowed to contribute towards matters in school, at home, at the community, national or international levels. Children of Undugu Society are members of the Children Assembly.

The sub-committee is also ensures that children participate to celebrate international days i.e. the Day of the African Child, International Day of the Street Child etc.

ELIMU YETU WRITE UP FOR COALITION

This is a network that was founded in the year 1999 as a national plat form for civil society organization and Non state actors in the Kenyan education sector, to lobby for implementation of the right to education for all children and articulate various issues in the education sector in Kenya. Elimu Yetu is an umbrella body for all NGOs dealing with education and training for children and youth in Kenya, and Undugu society of Kenya is an active member. Its mission is to ‘promote the realization of rights to quality basic education for all Kenyans’.

The objectives of the network are:-

• Increasing the access to education to all
• Engaging parents to take full roles and responsibilities in promoting education in the country
• Advocating for the provision education opportunities for all
• Protecting children’s rights through free basic compulsory education being offered by the Government of Kenya
• Increasing stakeholder’s participation for transparency and accountability in education service delivery
• Advocating for inclusion of learners with disabilities into the mainstream education cycle

As per the constitution of the network, members meet once in every quarter. The main purpose of these meetings is to evaluate the progress made by the secretariat towards achieving the objectives of the network. It also has monthly consultative meetings with representatives from different partners to discuss and form strategies in different thematic areas. The major activities where the network is involved include:

1. Global action week (GAW)
2. Educational for all (EFA)
3. The day of African child (DAC)

Other activities where the network has been instruments include:-

1) Participating in education evaluation task force;
2) Participating in drafting of education bill;
3) Participating in school fees review task force;
4) Lobbying the government to reduce the education learning workload;
5) Putting pressure to the government to lower secondary education fees in order for poor parents to afford through demonstration with view of increasing enrollment;
6) Lobbying the government to ban tuition in both primary and secondary schools;
7)Lobbying the government to accept children in schools without uniforms; and
8) Budget tracking and social audit to the schools.

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