In 2009, HOPE worldwide Kenya made a debut in Nyanza Province. Nyanza Province is one of the most underprivileged regions in Kenya despite endowment with natural resources such as land and water. Siaya District is among the areas known for ‘exporting’ cheap child labor to other towns. It is in response to this need that a unique program was tailored to meet the needs of the community. The program resonates with HWWK’s mission of improving quality of life through responsive and innovative health programming.
TACKLE is an acronym for child labor prevention program titled ’Tackling Child Labor through Education’, and is funded by the European Commission (EC) through the International Labor Organization-International Program on Elimination of Child Labor (ILO/IPEC). This type of program is also implemented in six other countries in Africa — Zambia, Sudan, Madagascar, Sierra Leone, Mali, and Angola.
HWWK’s TACKLE Program aims at combating child labor through reducing poverty and hunger. The community is supported to grow staple and nutritious foods such as maize, millet and grain amaranth through provision of certified seeds, fertilizers, and technical support. To support school-going children the beneficiaries give 30% of the harvest to community schools in support of a lunch program.
Children from needy families are provided with school uniforms and older girls are provided with sanitary pads. Children have been withdrawn from exploitative work and supported though psychosocial counseling. Through child help desks a child abuse monitoring structure is in place, and six Child Rights Clubs have been formed to increase child participation.
For sustainability, vocational skills have been integrated with agribusiness, horticulture, apiculture, and aquaculture projects. These are managed through a proposed community Cooperative Society which facilitates a social security institution.
The TACKLE program has the following three objectives:
- Preventing children at risk of dropping from school and joining Worst Forms of Child Labor (WFCL) in Kabura-Uhuyi Location, Uranga Division in Siaya District.
- Withdrawing children from WFCL and providing them with learning/ skills building to earn alternative livelihood.
- Establishing and building capacities of child labor committees to deliver quality services to children prevented and withdrawn from WFCL.
The strategies of TACKLE include:
- Improving retention in school by initiating school feeding programs.
- Supporting farmers in local community to produce adequate food to support school feeding programs and generate additional household income.
- Initiating a community-managed educational trust fund.
- Creating and building capacities of community-based child protection teams.
- Providing vocational training for children withdrawn from WFCL.
URANGA DIVISION IN SIAYA DISTRICT
Uranga Division is one of the five divisions in Siaya districts and covers approximately 183 square kilometers (KMS), with a population of 42,783 persons. The population is threatened by:
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- High mortality rates, partly as a result of HIV/AIDS related deaths
- High levels of malnutrition
- High rates of out-migration to other towns especially by young able bodied men in search of employment.