New campaign for local children

2018-03-06 06:00
Children from Hanover Park enjoyed a day of awareness and fun with members of the Alcardo Andrews Foundation.

Children from Hanover Park enjoyed a day of awareness and fun with members of the Alcardo Andrews Foundation.

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The Alcardo Andrews Foundation launched their latest campaign, #1child2many, in conjunction with Philisa Abafazi at the Church of the Nazarene in Hanover Park last Saturday.

The launch, attended by more than 170 children in the community, was to create awareness against child abuse, inappropriate touching, bullying, gangsterism, substance abuse and crime.

Children in attendance were entertained with fun and games and were given a warm meal on the day. “They also showcased their talent in hip-hop dancing. They were divided into groups to prepare a skit, a war cry or song on the lessons learnt. There is so much talent among them. Raising children in Hanover Park is very challenging; however, at our foundation through partnerships including Lucinda Evans of Philisa Abafazi, we are able to make a difference in the protection of our young children,” says Avril Andrews, director of the foundation.

“It is through campaigns such as #1child2many, #yourchildismychild and Moms Move for Justice that we are empowered to bring perpetrators to book for the ills they inflict on our children and communities at large. Given that the community is made up of diverse families, it would stand to reason that those who care for children and provide opportunities for both children and parents connect to help build stronger and closer relationships with one another as a community.”

One of the organisation’s objectives is to bring unity to families and the community. “However, our first priority is the children and the many challenges they face, including physical, mental and emotional abuse, domestic violence, substance abuse, dysfunctional families and bullying. There are too many children falling victim to these circumstances and it is our duty to protect them,” says Andrews.

“Some people have become complacent and fail to report crime, in some instances at the cost of a life. It is tragic that there are so many children who suffer abuse, who are victims of rape but are afraid to speak up, perhaps fearing rejection. This allows perpetrators to repeat the abuse, rape and murder of our young innocent children.

“We need the community to come forward to report the perpetrators so that Hanover Park and its communities may start to live in peace,” adds Andrews.

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