£5,270

raised of £6,500 stretch target

54

supporters
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Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 30th September 2020 at 5:00pm

To provide fast, targeted support to vulnerable children and young people who have experienced physical or psychological abuse in lockdown.

by Chance for Childhood in Farnborough, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Every additional pound we raise means we and our partners can support even more survivors of abuse. If we raise another £1,500 by the end of September, it would mean an additional 45 children could access emergency medical treatment when they need it! 


Who are we?

At Chance for Childhood we believe that no child should be forgotten. That’s why we work in DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda to support the most vulnerable children, such as street connected children, children with disabilities, children affected by conflict and children behind bars.

The safety of the children and young people we work with is our top priority. Despite the effects COVID-19 has had on our work, such as schools having to close and community outreach programmes suspended, we’ve worked tirelessly with our partners through this crisis and have already reached thousands across the five countries we work in.

The effect of lockdowns

However, our Survivors Support Fund is now more important than ever. Lockdowns imposed across Africa to contain the spread of the Coronavirus have put the most vulnerable at the greatest risk. With schools, youth clubs and drop-in centres closed, many children no longer have access to safe spaces and safe adults. Some will experience abuse and neglect. Our Survivors Support Fund will allow us to reach these vulnerable children with the right support.

We're expecting a big rise in safeguarding incidents as children are forced to spend time in the places where they are most vulnerable.

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In Uganda we've already witnessed a spike in teenage pregnancies and child marriages, while in Rwanda children with disabilities may have been stuck in their communities who stigmatise them. In Ghana and Kenya, street connected children are more vulnerable and at risk of sexual abuse, while a strict lockdown in DRC means increasing numbers of young women have been stuck at home with abusive family members. Our partners have told us they’re fearful of a big rise in child trafficking.

The economic crisis worldwide has already pushed 8 million children into begging or child labour, a serious violation of their rights. Too often they face abuse and exploitation. A donation to our crowdfunder will give expert support to survivors of abuse.

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How does the Survivors Support Fund work?

The fund allows us to provide fast, targeted support to survivors of abuse. Including survivors of sexual abuse, rape, physical abuse, psychological abuse and neglect, the Survivors Support Fund will ensure the child and their family, and others who have experienced trauma, will get the help they need. 

We have a team of Safeguarding Superheroes, who are our partners in the field. They work tirelessly to improve the lives of the most vulnerable children and young people and will step in to provide the right support as soon as an incident is reported. For many children our safeguarding superheroes are considered safe adults and provide a safe space for them to open up about abuse they may have experienced. With a surge in reports due to lockdown and the economic impacts of COVID-19, our safeguarding superheroes are ready to listen and help, we need to ensure that they have all the resources they need to support children and young people.  

What happens when an incident is reported?

Every case is different, but survivors will get support such as:

  • Medical attention for survivors of physical assault, sexual assault and neglect
  • Counselling and specialist therapy sessions for survivors and their families to process the trauma experienced and develop coping strategies.
  • A long-term recovery plan and additional support for the staff supporting an incident, which can be very traumatic

A safeguarding superhero will design a unique care plan to support the survivor with interventions such as those above. Your support will take care of the resources and funding through the Survivors Support Fund, while our safeguarding experts will be there to support our partner throughout the investigation and response.  

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The difference your support could make

Any donation, large or small, could strengthen the Survivors Support Fund to allow more young survivors of abuse to access the support they need at this crucial time! Your support will help to fund anything from transport to medical centres and hospitals to therapy sessions for survivors and their families. A donation of £60 could provide a series of counselling sessions for a survivor.

Listen to our expert partners tell you all about it in our free, live webinar on 18th September at 12:30.

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Hosted by broadcast journalist, Julius Mbaluto, join in this discussion with Chance for Childhood partners and staff as they discuss the impact COVID-19 on vulnerable children and the increasing accounts of abuse. You'll get to hear from Liz Mnengwah (Head of Programmes at Glad's House Kenya), Ritah Nansereko (AWYAD) and Eric Ngabo (Empowering Children with Disabilities), Vicky Ferguson (Global Safeguarding Lead at Chance for Childhood) and Anna-Mai Andrews (Co-CEO at Chance for Childhood).


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£60 or more

3 of 10 claimed

£60 Reward - Beaded necklace

These beaded necklaces were made by young mothers out of old newspapers! The young mothers attend the Patongo Youth Centre and have often suffered horrific trauma at the hands of the Lord's Resistance Army (who have been fighting the government for decades). The mothers learn new skills to help them earn an income while receiving support to deal with their trauma.

Let's make 'Survivors Support Fund' happen

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