|Empowering Women and Children (WWSF, 2002)|
|World Fund for the Dignity of Children|
Activity Report 2001
1) PEOPLE FOR A NEW LOVE FOUNDATION, Vichuquen 263, Santiago, Chile
This non-profit charity organization works since 1993 for the rehabilitation of children living in dangerous situations and providing spiritual, medical, psychological, educational support. The "Rescue of minors involved in sexual trade" is a pioneer program, staffed with volunteers who work in the street. The project assists sexually abused boys below the age of 14 to integrate them into society and create contact with their families, or a substitute family. The aim: to protect minors in all possible situations by introducing personal development, a spiritual dimension, complete social integration, promote laws that protect them from sexual exploitation and that punish perpetrators more severely.
2) CREATE RESPONSIVE INFANTS BY SHARING (CRIBS) Philippines, Inc.
30 Major Dizon St. Industrial Valley, Marikina City, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines CRIBS is a private non-profit organization, which develops programs for children and families facing special difficulties. It launched in 1986 the "New Beginnings Program" initially for girls involved in prostitution, and then for abused children who are victims of rape, incest and sexual aggression. It offers a nurturing environment to girls aged 7 to 17 who have been sexually abused. The girls follow a two year program in residence which focuses on recovery, including 14 intervention programs such as socialization, self control, the elimination of negative behavior, learning to share experiences, participation in promotion of prevention programs for the sexually abused, advice, and training in basic skills including cooking, cleaning, drawing, etc. as well as physical, cultural and sports activities.
2000 Activity Report
In its fourth year of activities and outreach, the World Fund for the Dignity of Children used its energy and funds to redesign and publish a new brochure in four languages which includes a public briefing on "Protecting Children from Abuse" as the educational arm of the Fund, as well as the launch of a WORLD DAY FOR PREVENTION OF CHILD ABUSE on 19 November.
1999 Activity Report
1) Children's Human Rights Center of Albania
Kutia Postare 1738, Tirana
A non-governmental, non political and non profit organization established to protect children's right in Albania. Their main priorities are child abuse, child prostitution, child labor, and street children. Since there is no center for abused children in Albania, the CRCA feels that the establishment of such a Center for Counseling and a Hot Line will improve the psychological situation of those children who have been abused.
2) Farmers Development Agency
240 First Cross, Chickballapur-562101 Karnataka, India
FDA works with bonded laborers on advocates for their release and rehabilitation. It conducts trainings and networking activities and has identified 242 Bonded laborers among them 62 children. FDA works to end this outrage against humanity and supplements universal efforts to end slavery and servitude. We received their 1999 budget and appeal to the Dignity Fund for help to increase their public awareness campaigns.
3) Comit'Echange et d'Information sur la Femme et le
B.P. 3762 Bujumbura II, Burundi
CEIFD is a women's organization committed to ending ignorance and empowering sustainable development. They conduct a project on the prevention and rehabilitation of sexually abused children in the region of Uvira and in Fizi where more than 2000 children have been raped, forced into marriage or abandoned by their families which drove them into prostitution. To help eliminate such exploitation permanent education of children and their families is needed to guarantee a future for these children and honor their right to social integration.
4) Barefoot School for Street Children/Orphan Trust
P.O.Box 70235, Ndola, Zambia
The Barefoot School is especially geared to teach children to work hard and to become self-reliant. The statistics point a very disturbing picture for the year 2000 when the number of orphaned children will have risen to 1'600'000 in Zambia alone. We simply cannot imagine the impact this might have for the future of the country. One boy wrote a letter to thank his teacher for teaching him skills, because he can now live by honest means, and not by stealing. WWSF supported the school already in 1997.
1998 Activity Report
1. Jordan River Children Project - Jordan River
PO Box 2943, Amman, Jordan
Established to effectively advocate for the rights of children in Jordan and to protect them from any form of violence or abuse, The Jordan River Children Project through tangible services such as education, raising awareness and community participation, works for rehabilitation and reunification of families that have suffered from child abuse; the establishment of a nationwide coordination effort to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect; the establishment of a child protection center and temporary shelters for victims of abuse; the lobbying for amendments in current laws that do not provide sufficient protection for children; for launching public awareness campaigns; conducting research into understanding the scope of the problem in Jordan, the development of innovative techniques pertaining to identification, and for the training of legal, health and education professionals working on the identification of abuse and report procedure. The project also aims to empower children in danger to help them ensure their security and protection.
2. Kitzeh Children's Eco-Village Community
Kitzeh, Kaluzhskaya Oblast, Baryatino rayon, 249650, Russia
Created by Dimitry Morozov, Kitzeh is a rural spiritual community home providing an atmosphere of loving care to orphaned and abandoned children, has been working since 1993 as a non-governmental, non-political, non-confessional and non-commercial partner of foster families. Comprising 25 children and 8 families, which serve as adoptive families for the children, the goal of the community is to grow to accommodate 200 children with 50 families and to replicate Kitzeh in other regions. The community is concerned with consolidating efforts to bring about economic, social, environmental, political and educational changes needed in Russian society. The principles of this developing environment are for all members to learn about life through experience, to live in loving harmony with each other and with nature, to be willing to give unconditionally, to raise children to believe in themselves, and to provide a sound education, thereby creating a positive future for all.
3. Fundaciumanitaria Costerricense
Apartado 458, Santa Ana Centro, Costa Rica
The Foundation was created to provide opportunities to exchange friendship, goods, services and small financing among different cultures, socio-economic classes and language groups. Their commitment is to developing a better quality of life for every individual they work with, while supporting vulnerable populations, thus ensuring greater choices for their futures and fostering greater sensitivity in the provision of services. They are currently supporting more than 30 projects, including recreation programs for orphans, literacy classes, English classes in rural schools, financing and construction of low-income housing, hydroponic gardens for low-income and handicapped populations, academic scholarships and job training for poverty-stricken youth, eco-camps for vulnerable youth, and art therapy for women in prison. Participants are rewarded with a sense of personal enrichment, satisfaction and pleasure at seeing quality of life improve and personally being part of that process.
1997 Activity Report
1) The Barefoot School for Street Children
P.O. Box 70235, Ndola, Zambia
Organized by the International Community of Dominican Missionary Sisters, most of them nurses, who treat the street children for their diseases and make them attend school where volunteers teach. An old shed behind a pig farm was converted into a regular "barefoot boarding school" for street girls. The name is to indicate that these street children can learn without having to buy shoes and a uniform. They can come as they are, barefooted and in rags. They are given meals and can bathe, but they are still free to either stay or leave. The girls also learn sewing and household skills so that even if they cannot continue with academic work, they can find employment as housemaids and can earn their living without falling into prostitution.
2) Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual
37, Tomas Morato Street, Quezon City, Philippines
CPTCSA recognizes the large number of children in Philippines experiencing sexual molestation (approx. 10 million). Only a handful of services reach out to victims of sexual abuse and only a smaller handful of professionals are equipped to provide therapy to victims. CPTCSA is the only organization providing materials focusing on prevention of child sexual abuse and set out to fill the gaps between treatment service available and the number of child victims of sexual abuse in the Philippines by providing services to a total of more than 100 children in their first 2 years of operation. CPTCSA also works towards preventing child sexual abuse so as to remove the need for treatment services by providing competency and conceptual lessons to a total of about 3000 children in private and public schools and social service agencies.
3) Buakhao White Lotus Foundation
P.O. Box 1240, 1211 Geneva 1, Switzerland
Prevention programs in the village Saen Suk (Thailand), shelter today 62 children. They are chosen by the project coordinators on the criteria of family situation: poverty, single parent with many children, parent drug addicts, beaten children or children in danger of being sent to the city for prostitution, distance of school access, children rescued from brothels or factories. The children come from 14 different villages, they learn to live in a community which includes auto-discipline and group work. After their homework, they share household work. They also have recreation activities and receive adequate nutrition. Every child is regularly checked with regard to status of health, hygiene, cleanliness, emotional status, spiritual status, responsibility for and development in their studies and community work.
4) Friends of Street Children Oscar - Fundaciogar
Cra 3a No. 8-54, Bocagrande, cartagena, Colombia
A non-profit, non-political and non-religious organization, working to improve the lives of street children by offering them an alternative to street life. The project provides a space where street children can clean up, wash their clothes and spend time studying. It is also a place where the children can relax away from the tensions of street life and theft. The program includes providing medical attention and some beds for children who are ill and pregnant. Still in its implementation stage, WWSF is happy to contribute to the blooming of the project.