Organisation helps kids know their rights

2019-06-11 06:00
Molo Songololo members during a public protest against sexual violence, rape and trafficking in children.

Molo Songololo members during a public protest against sexual violence, rape and trafficking in children.

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Child rights organisation, Molo Songololo, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and plans to keep their children’s rights mandate alive.

The organisation aims to promote children’s rights and educate them about their rights.

Director of the organisation Patrick Solomons says their biggest project this year is where they provide direct support and assistance to children who have been traumatised after sexual violence.

“We provide them with counselling, therapy and ongoing support to help them get back to society safely and comfortably,” Solomons said.

Although the organisation does not force children to participate, Solomons said that children are often eager to take part in the services provided.

“We normally work through schools and the teachers ask the kids to attend,” he said.

Children also get consent forms that parents need to sign before the child attends the sessions.

Solomons also said that parents are always eager to support the initiative, adding that a roundtable discussion was held recently to discuss the possibility of having a provincial children’s commissioner.

“All we have to do is intensify our advocacy around that and mobilise the civil society organisation to take the work forward.”

Solomons further said that children will be part of the establishment of the commission.

“We need to engage with the children to inform and educate them about the commission.

“We will also get their views and maybe their suggestions as well.”

Although Molo Songololo gets funded by government and the National Lotteries Commission, Solomons said everyone is welcome to pledge their donations.V For more information visit www.molosongololo.org

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