Sustainable support: PACOPE
Senegal mobilises for the protection of children’s rights
Vegetation and rainfall are abundant in the Kolda region and the wet season lasts from June to October. It is the least industrialised region in Senegal but has good agro-pastoral conditions. The 60,000 inhabitants are mostly migrants from surrounding countries, often without identity papers.
The PACOPE programmes set up in West Africa are based on an approach that gives families a sense of responsibility, avoiding 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 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 – 2021
73 families comprising 413 children and 63 young people are participating in the programme in the city of Kolda.
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 Kolda, there are
Child Protection Committees
Village Savings and Loan Associations
Economic Interest Group
active community structures
To support this project:
All donations to SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde Luxembourg are tax deductible within the limits set by article 109, paragraph 1, n°3 of the law concerning income tax.