In times of crisis – whether caused by armed conflict, a sudden-onset disaster or an epidemic – children face significant protection issues.
Children in humanitarian settings are at risk of injury and disability, physical and sexual violence, psychosocial distress and mental disorders. They may be separated from their families, recruited into armed forces, economically exploited or come into contact with the justice system.
H4BF is reaching children, parents, teachers, and caregivers with prevention techniques- teaching them how to stop abuse before it begins. H4BF is partnering with police and prosecutors to strengthen the justice system in Cameroon by building their capacity to conduct effective investigations with a child victim-centric approach. H4BF connects survivors and their families with shelter, medical care, counseling, educational support, and legal assistance throughout the judicial process and beyond.
H4BF aims at ensuring each child is heard and their rights upheld at all times. In the long run we will raise a generation of holistic individuals who will uphold the culture of child protection thus making the world a better place to live in. Every child should receive the services they need, when they need it. H4BF will make this a reality for at least 300 children per month in emergency situations. These children will also be empowered to be child protection ambassadors.
Since 2015, over 50 children’s councils and 32 children’s clubs have been formulated to promote child rights awareness both in schools and at the communities. The programme has enabled 85 family projection networks – community based mechanism, linking village to provincial level, to prevent, protect and make referral case of violence against children. The programme also supports the coordination of civil society consortia and service provider networks to ensure quality child protection service and joint advocacy at the targeted provinces.