Promoting the rights of children through public education and support services

By agreement with the European Commission, Help & Shelter implemented a project to promote the rights of children through the provision of support services and public education. This project, which ran from October 2010 to March 2012, built on the Pickney Project which was implemented in partnership with Everychild/Child Link.

The project complemented other work being done by Help & Shelter to provide counselling services for children who have survived abuse. The co-funding for the project was provided by donations and through the support of Concerned Citizens against Domestic Abuse based in Atlanta.

The general objective of the project was to develop the human rights agenda in Guyana as it relates to children by using a rights-based approach to strengthen child protection systems, policies and mechanisms which have been established to provide services for children whose rights have been violated.

The specific objective of the project was to promote children’s safety in four communities: Hague and Zeelugt in Region 3 and Sophia and Good Hope in Region 4, through community-based actions to improve the lives of children who have experienced abuse and violence, and through prevention education.

The project action involved parents, and service providers from the education, health, judicial, and social service sectors and other relevant groups, such as faith based organisations with the purpose of increasing awareness and changing attitudes and behaviour in child protection.

The project was able to fuel the communities’ interest in child protection and bring about a community endorsement of child protection and abuse education. The project also served as a catalyst to galvanise medium and long term support for child wellbeing within the communities while creating links with external agencies that offer relevant services. Stakeholders in the communities became more conversant with the fundamental rights of the child and their concomitant effect on the safety of the family unit. The project was instrumental in stimulating an evidenced-based model of parenting that challenged the culturally entrenched views of the use of corporal and punitive forms of child discipline.

Concept Note for the Project132.4 KB
Grant application form404.79 KB
Corrected budget and amendments to schedule of activities45 KB
Corrected Log Frame 22.5 KB
Child Protection Project Survey Report 786.29 KB
Final Narrative Report 422.48 KB
Final Financial Report39.77 KB