Fighting violence in Nairobi’s Korogocho slum

Prevention and protection measures against violence, abuse and neglect of children in the Korogocho slum in Nairobi

Fighting violence in Nairobi’s Korogocho slum

In Nairobi’s Korogocho slum, one of the largest slums surrounding the Kenyan capital where 200,000 people live crammed together in just 1.5 square kilometers, violence is widespread. Many children face poverty, school abandonment and abuse, including forced and consensual sex for monetary gains by very young boys and girls, early pregnancy, early marriage and female genital mutilation.

Terre des hommes launched a project in Korogocho in 2015 to combat violence and to ensure children can grow up in a safe environment, protected by their families. To achieve this, we adopt a community model established by the Kenyan government called Nyumba Kumi (Ten Households), a concept built on the African philosophy of Ubuntu, which can be translated to “I am because we are” and encourages neighbours to support each other. Nyumba Kumi focuses on the family as the center of wellbeing and protection for a child and mobilizes resources and people around clusters of ten families. This creates a bond within the community, which as a whole is in charge of the wellbeing of their children. In return, children have more than just one problem solver to turn to.

Our staff on site works towards strengthening family bonds and community ties and ensures parents and authorities are trained in child protection. They care for children who experienced violence and teach social and human values through play and sports activities. Furthermore, they ensure children have access to education and life skills training. Those children, who have left school due to abuse and neglect, can return to school and stay there. Adolescents with learning challenges receive special support and for small children we train educators specialized on early childhood.

Our experts also organize workshops with government structures and community-based organizations on child protection and some female- or child-headed households benefit from a special fund set up to respond to their most urgent needs.

 

“Children too often remain closed off in silence”

Joyce Wamaitha Kiarie, Tdh Psychologist in Korogocho

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