The evaluation of the "Child in the Sun Centre" : based on the child care and development

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Southern New Hampshire University
We know from anecdotal evidence that child abuse exists in our communities, in our homes, our schools, and in the streets, but we have little information on the actual extent of the problem, and the measures taken to protect children. Tanzania is taking a front seat in confronting child abuse; a seat many countries refuse or avoid accepting. Various studies under taken and media reports have revealed the fact that there is an urgent need to address child abuse bearing in mind the increasing number of vulnerable children including orphaned children and those living in the streets. HIV and AIDS have put many children at risk to abuse and therefore to HIV/AIDS infection. Many children are entering risk activities that deny them their enjoyment of childhood as well as opportunities for personal development. HIV/ AIDS and poverty are rapidly increasing thus rendering a number of children more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. In view of that, there is a need to put systems in place to protect them from such ill elements. Along side protection is the need to empower children to speak and be listened to by parents, guardians and communities. To be able to address abuse more structurally, we need to understand the extent of abuse, and the underlying causes, so that we can work together to design relevant interventions. This study discovered that Child in the Sun Center has managed to make a great achievement in the realization of rights of children in difficulty circumstances, with little support from the Government, institutions and communities. The study discovered that staff at the Center lack adequate knowledge and exposure in children's rights and development, while at the same time it operates with inadequate funds relative to the volume of work it has. The study also revealed that some efforts have been taken by the communities surrounding the Center, in solving problems of OVC with some support from the Government. Most importantly, we need to listen to those who are most affected, the children, and hear what they have to tell us about abuse, and what they feel should be done so that all children can grow up in an environment that is safe. I wish to commend all non-governmental organizations, faith based institutions, international organizations and individuals for deciding to assist most vulnerable children. It is our hope that this is the beginning of the long process in which we work together to put the rights of children at the top of the agenda. (Author abstract)