Sustainable support: PACOPE
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Children’s rights at the heart of programmes in Guinea
Located in the north of the country, Labé is a major commercial centre for neighbouring countries in the sub-region. The central market remains the most important in the country after the Madina market in the capital Conakry.
The rural exodus is significant and many families move to the suburbs of cities like Labé in the hope of leading a more decent life, but most of them cannot find work. Children in particular suffer from the country’s difficult socio-economic situation. School enrolment rates are low for both boys and girls and illiteracy remains high among adults.
The PACOPE programmes implemented in West Africa are based on an empowering approach, avoiding families’ dependence on SOS support to cover the needs of their children.
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 empowered 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
218 families including 675 vulnerable children.
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 support vulnerable children and their families.
They regularly organise awareness-raising activities for adults and children.
In Labé, there are
Local Councils for Children and Families for the protection of the child
Village Savings and Credit Associations
Economic Interest Groups
active community structures
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