We are delighted to welcome Livelihood Development for Human Rights Promotion (LIDFOHRP) to the Keeping Children Safe members’ network and our Keeping Victims and Survivors Safe Programme. We are really looking forward to working with them on their child safeguarding measures.
LIDFOHRP (Facebook link) is a Sierra Leonean NGO, in West Africa, which implements Livelihoods, Human Rights, Education and Life Skills projects that support female survivors, vulnerable children and youths.
As always, we like to post a news story about new members, and promote the organisation amongst the KCS network and online following.
By Abdulai Bangura, Founder and Director, LIDFOHRP
What made you decide to join the KCS members’network?
Responding to your questions, LIDFOHRP, as a national, non-governmental organization has a vision “To promote livelihood sustenance initiatives and Tackling violence against women and Girls”, and therefore, “keeping Children Safe” is a Human rights issue that needs collaboration and concerted effort from national and international organizations.
Coordinated effort from either party will make us realized an impressive positive impact to keep the children safe within their households settings, and communities at large. Hence the need for LIDFOHRP to participate in KCS’s Keeping Victims and Survivors Safe Programme.
What is your key driver to implement child safeguarding?
The safety of children within and outside their family always gives us special satisfaction and it is that we believe that serves as the cornerstone for which LIDFOHRP was established. Children and victims of abuse must live in a society without fear or hesitation which serves as the driving force for the need to implement child safeguarding programme.
Sierra Leone is in the West coast of Africa with a population of 7.9 million people that has witnessed one of the worst civil wars in the world, with several natural disasters in which children were the most affected, and still continue to be affected, with recent alarming rate of sexual penetration, rape and other vices.
Where do you think your organisation will be regarding child safeguarding in a year?
LIDFOHRP is of the firm conviction that within a year of implementing the KCS programme, our organization will be in position to champion issues of safeguarding in the country and possibly capacitate other like-mind organization across Sierra Leone.
What message do you want to tell your staff, donors and the wider world?
My message to my staff is that they must keep to the child safe guiding policy of LIDFOHRP organization and they must not abuse children during the discharge of their duties. They must always be ready to learn more about the safety and protection of children during and after work hours.
To our donors, on behalf of my team, I thank them for their generous support to the keeping children safe programming and hope they will expand their support to Livelihood Development for Human Rights Promotion in the areas of capacity building, technology transfer, funding possibilities among others.
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