Sustainable support: PACOPE
Senegal mobilises for the protection of children’s rights
Kaolack, 200 km south-east of Dakar, is an important communication axis. It is bordered by the Saloum River and is a place of intense economic activity. Boats come here to collect part of Senegal’s groundnut production and the region’s salt, the only products to have given rise to job-creating industrial development.
The PACOPE intervention area is the outlying district of Diameugeune-Nimzatt, which suffers from a lack of sewage and rubbish collection systems. It is home to low-income households linked to petty trade and occasional jobs.
The PACOPE programmes in West Africa are based on an empowering approach, avoiding families’ dependence on SOS support to meet their children’s needs.
By helping parents/guardians to develop their own income-generating activities and by offering them advice and moral support throughout the intervention, the programme increases their awareness, decision-making power and financial capacity. Parents/guardians are given the opportunity to meet their children’s basic needs (e.g. paying for school, health, food, etc.) and to respect their rights to survival, development, protection and participation.
2017 – 2026
73 families including 396 children and young people are participating in the programme in the city of Kaolack.
To enable parents to fully assume their parental role in an autonomous manner within a community that supports the respect of children’s rights.
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COMMUNITY STRUCTURES INVOLVED
Community structures made up of children and adults promote collective awareness of child protection and well-being and mobilise resources to help vulnerable children and their families.
They regularly organise awareness-raising activities for adults and children.
In Kaolack, there are
Child Protection Committee
Village Savings and Loan Associations
Economic Interest Groups
active community structures
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