Sustainable support: PACOPE
Senegal mobilizes for the protection of children’s rights
Louga, in northwestern Senegal, is 302 km north of Dakar and has a dry season of 9-10 months. Its economy is underdeveloped and investors are not finding their way into the region. The proximity of the sewage outlet leads to air pollution and illness among the inhabitants.
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 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
49 families comprising 314 children and 39 young people are participating in the programme in the city of Louga.
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 Louga, there are
Child Protection Committee
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.