Child protection

Introduction - Child protection




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Kidest Abebe, was living in a plastic shelter on the streets of Addis Ababa. When she was nine months pregnant she was admitted to Godanaw and gave birth to Bruk Abebe. UNICEF is supporting projects like Godanaw.

UNICEF project address the needs of street children and street mothers, as well as the families of children on the streets. The UNICEF project aims to prevent children and mothers from entering street life and to protect and rehabilitate those that are already on the street.

The joint UNICEF and the Government project covers 14 major towns in Ethiopia, including Addis Ababa. The programme focuses on the following five areas:

• Education and Sports
• Health and Nutrition
• Shelter
• Productivity Enhancement and Skill Training
• Advocacy and Social Mobilisation

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) is co-ordinating the implementation of the programme and is the responsible organ of the overall activities.  The principal implementing partners are experienced NGOs working in the field.

UNICEF provides formal education and school materials for over 3,000 street children and non-formal education to another 3,000. Special ID cards have given free access to health care for over 7,500 street children and mothers and more than 2,000 have received health, sanitation and HIV-awareness education. Safe motherhood initiatives, including the provision of free medical care and temporary shelter, have also been provided to hundreds of street mothers and children. In addition, a wide variety of training initiatives have been provided to over a thousand beneficiaries and dozens of apprenticeships have been funded.

The Gender and Child Protection section is promoting the importance of birth registration, emergency protection measures including child reunification in drought-stricken areas and initiatives regarding child labour, particularly its connection to HIV/AIDS in an effort to counter the exploitation of Ethiopia’s millions of vulnerable children.



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