UNICEF's ‘parenting without violence’ program brings change to the people of Obongi District
Amid challenging circumstances, Yuru, a determined mother, longed for a better future for her children.
Yuru's journey from a struggling mother with parenting challenges to being filled with hope and transformation showcases the remarkable impact of UNICEF's parenting without violence program. In the village of Obongi in Obongi District, where parenting practices had been marred by violence and conflict, UNICEF's support brought about positive change and empowered families to create nurturing environments for their children.
Amid challenging circumstances, Yuru, a determined mother, longed for a better future for her children. The village, plagued by violence and limited access to education, posed significant obstacles to effective parenting. Recognizing the urgent need for intervention, UNICEF, with funding from the Dutch National Committe for UNICEF supported a comprehensive parenting program aimed at breaking the cycle of violence and transforming families' lives.
Yuru, like many parents in Obongi, initially struggled with the demands of parenthood. The ‘parenting without violence’ program, supported by UNICEF and Save the Children, provided her and other caregivers with essential knowledge and tools to create a positive and loving environment for their children. Through training sessions that focused on non-violent communication, conflict resolution, and positive discipline techniques, Yuru discovered a newfound understanding of the impact her actions had on her children's well-being.
As Yuru embraced the parenting intervention program, she became an advocate for change within her community. Recognizing the importance of persuasion over physical punishment, she actively encouraged other parents to adopt positive parenting practices. Yuru's dedication and passion inspired others to reconsider their approaches to raising their children, gradually shifting the community's mindset towards nurturing and supportive parenting.
The impact of UNICEF's intervention was profound, extending far beyond Yuru's household. Taban Ismail, who had previously grappled with an alcoholic wife, found hope and transformed his own family's dynamics, putting an end to the cycle of violence. Dikwa Rose, once confrontational and aggressive, learned the power of dialogue and peaceful conflict resolution. Adyek Kalsum, who had experienced hardships in her marital relationship, discovered alternative solutions to avoid confrontations. These individuals, among many others, shared their inspiring stories, showcasing the positive change that was possible through UNICEF's parenting intervention.
The program also fostered a sense of community and collaboration among participants. Together, they celebrated their personal growth and newfound humility and respect. Abdul emerged as a mediator, promoting harmony, and understanding among families, while Molly transformed her home from a place of conflict into a sanctuary of peace.
Lilian Apio, the dedicated UNICEF Child Protection Officer, expressed deep appreciation for the remarkable transformations witnessed in the lives of the participants. She acknowledged the critical support provided by UNICEF and its partners with funding from the Dutch National Committee for UNICEF, emphasizing that the negative patterns of parenting were being replaced by healthier, more nurturing practices. Apio encouraged all community members to embark on this new chapter and reaffirmed UNICEF's commitment to supporting them in their journey.
Yuru's story, along with the experiences of many others, serves as an inspiration and a testament to the transformative power of UNICEF's parenting without violence program. By providing parents with the necessary tools, knowledge, and support, UNICEF empowered families to create loving and nurturing environments, ensuring a brighter future for their children. The program's impact on the village of Obongi illustrates the remarkable change that can be achieved when communities come together to prioritize positive parenting and the well-being of their children.