World Childhood Foundation

Rebuilding Nepal

This week, our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected children and families in Nepal. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake that hit the region Saturday has left at least 5,000 dead and thousands injured and homeless. Childhood supports five organizations in the region. During the weekend we tried to reach them, and succeeded at last Monday morning.

One of our partners in the region, Voice of Children (VOC), has been working to strengthen Nepal’s society by aiding the most vulnerable populations, street children and marginalized families, in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. Most of the kids the Voice of Children helps are homeless because their families have a history unemployment or psychosocial issues such as substance abuse.

After a weekend of silence, our project coordinator for Nepal, Joel Borgström, managed to contact Voice of Children and received confirmation that most of the children were safe. Our project’s next step is to seek out the families and children they work with, to bring them to safety, ensure they are sheltered, fed, and out of danger. As the number of homeless rise, Voice of Children will be able to aid and comfort those who have already lost so much. After this historic earthquake, the work of Voice of Children will become even more important than before.

In disasters, children suffer the most. Children, separated from their parents, families, and friends, surrounded by a society struggling to regroup and rebuild, face additional risks of abuse and trafficking. Childhood’s goal is to ensure that no child should face any abuse. Now is the critical time for our work with the people of Nepal. They need our help.

Our partner organizations in Nepal know the people who live there and know their needs. Their commitment to their communities is unwavering and will remain in place long after the media spotlight has shifted. In the following days and weeks, they will need to repair and return to their hard work. Now they need your support.
 

 

World Childhood Foundation

Childhood Brasil introduces a training guide to take special depositions from children and adolescents

NEWS São Paulo. October 21, 2014 – Childhood Brasil, in partnership with the São Paulo State Court, held a seminar entitled “Listening to children and adolescents in situations of sexual violence: guidelines for consolidating federal public policy”, on October 21 at the GADE MMD Auditorium.

At the event, Ana Maria Drummond, Childhood Brasil’s Executive Director, announced the launch of the Reference Guide to Take Special Depositions from Children and Adolescents in Situations of Sexual Violence: Theoretical and Methodological Aspects, which will be an invaluable tool for training the many types of professionals who interview children in special deposition rooms.

Special deposition rooms bring a sense of welcome relief to children. The protected setting helps make relating the situations they’ve been through to be less traumatic. During the listening process, the presence of a trained professional is essential to a successful forensic interview. In addition to the damage already experienced, a child can undergo tremendous psychological stress if the interview fails to consider the subject’s unique phase of development. Special deposition procedures have already been adopted in 28 countries, while in Brazil approximately 100 rooms are now outfitted for this type of interview. São Paulo currently has 24 special deposition rooms.

“The Reference Guide to Take Special Depositions from Children and Adolescents is a landmark publication to help train the professionals who listen to the children. We’re extremely proud of the results of our work, which has involved dozens of experts during two years of research and dedication”, Ms. Drummond said.

To access the Reference Guide to Take Special Depositions from Children and Adolescents (in Portuguese only), please visit www.childhood.org.br/

Susanne Drakborg, Country Manager Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland & Ukraine

Zuzia the parrot

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In central Warsaw lies the Child Advocacy Centre “Mazowiecka” where children who are victims of abuse receive consultations and therapy. The project is run by Nobody’s Children Foundation, which Childhood has been working with for six years but on other programmes. The most popular therapist by far is Zuzia, also called Zozi. Zuzia is a very talkative cockatoo parrot who loves to dance. Whenever children visit her, she makes them relax and laugh. As a result, several walls of the centre are plastered with children’s drawings of Zuzia. Being able to trust again, even if it is only in a parrot, and being able to draw happy things, are crucial in the children’s recovery process.

/Susanne