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Theme: Conflict & Crisis in Africa: Protecting all children’s rights

“No matter where children are – whether in the countries torn apart by conflict, poverty and despair; in the countries they are passing through; or in the nations striving to provide them a new home – SOS Children’s Villages is on the ground, aiming to collaborate with state authorities, non-governmental organisations and international agencies, such as the United Nations.

With the support of our donors, we are responding to ever-evolving needs. We help families stay together. We provide counselling and emotional support to children and young people to enable them to cope with trauma. We ensure their essential needs for nutrition, shelter and care are met. We allow children to be children.

We constantly call on authorities and all partners to redouble efforts to find long-term solutions to ensure that families can stay together and children in conflict are not deprived of their childhood.

SOS Children’s Villages Kenya provides a safe place for children to shelter in its family based care programme where children abandoned or orphaned are provided with their basic needs. In addition through advocacy, SOS Chidlren's Villages Kenya builds the capacity of communities to ensure their participation in decision making processes. This also includes mobilising children to make them aware of their rights through various channels of engagement.

Further, in collaboration with the SOS Children's Villages Regional office in Addis Ababa, high level lobbying takes place with the African Union together with other child focussed organizations by bringing to the attention of the member Heads of State the consequences of conflict to children as well as their needed actions. SOS Chidren's Villages Kenya further participates in policy and legal reform to highlight the desired changes in Policy and Legislations that will ensure the upholding of the rights of children in conflict both at the national and regional level. This is also envisaged in partnership with the African Child Policy Forum.

SOS Children's Villages Kenya - 2016