- ENHANCING DIGITAL LITERACY FOR VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE & COMMUNITIES.
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia through the support of SOS Children’s Villages Finland is currently funding a 4 years project on Youth Employability “Strengthening the Economic & Social Resilience of Vulnerable Youths in The Gambia ” in Lower and Central River Regions of in The Gambia.
The objective of the project is to increase the Social and Economic Resilience of Vulnerable Youths in Lower and Central River Regions of in The Gambia.
One of the main objective of the project is to bridge the Digital Divide by aiding economic development and ensuring equitable access to up to date communication technologies in the 12 Resource Centers in Lower and Central River Regions of The Gambia.
The components of this project includes: Supporting Upper Basic and Senior Secondary Schools, job centers, youth clubs, and community centers to access online Resouces and digital learning tools for out of school and hard to reach youth.
All centers are equipped with 10 computers and 24/7 internet access.
- Review of The Gambia’s Children’s Act 2005.
1 in 10 children and young people are separated from their families, abandoned, neglected, or forced to live in an abusive environment, growing up without the support they need to prepare for themselves for their future.As the consultation on the review of The Gambia’s Children’s Act 2005 began,
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia on Wednesday the 20th of October took part in the first round of consultations.
The Children’s Act of The Gambia came into force on the 23rd of June 2005 as an act of parliament. Since then, the act has not been reviewed to suit the current realities that children are facing in The Gambia.
We commend The Gambian government through the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare for priotizing the review of the Children’s Act 2005 which is overdue. A lot has changed when it comes to the situation of children during the past decade especially for children without adequate parental care and for those at risk of losing parental care.
We have also shared with the reviewing committee/team our views calling on the introduction of care options such as Foster Care, Small Group homes, and of cause, we have also highlighted the importance of financing Child Welfare in The Gambia which is of importance to wellbeing and protection of the children.
We will continue to advocate for and also call on the Government of The Gambia to uphold her responsibility when it comes to the protection and safeguarding of children in The Gambia.
- Contracts for the Construction Component of the BMZ – Bakoteh Dumpsite Signed
On Thursday the 7th of October 2021, SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia signed the contract for the construction component of the BMZ- Bakoteh Dumpsite Project. The construction in the following: INSTALLATION OF BAKOTEH DUMPSITE SOLAR STREET LIGHTS, AND TOILETS. SOS/MP/2114/BD03, CONSTRUCTION OF THE DUMPSITE OPEN SHED SOS/MP/2114/BD02 & CONSTRUCTION OF THE DUMPSITE ACCESS ROAD SOS/MP/2114/BD01. The Bakoteh Dumpsite is funded by German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation for Development (BMZ) in partnership with the Hermann Gmeiner Fonds Deutschland and with Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC). The Project is aimed at improving waste management to protect children and families in the neighborhood of Bakoteh dumpsite from health and environmental hazards as well as to reduce child rights violations.
- SOS Children’s Villages signs MoU with the National Nutrition Agency of The Gambia.
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia signs Memorandum of Understanding with the National Nutrition Agency of The Gambia. The National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), established in 2000 and formally enacted by an Act of National Assembly in 2005, is charged with the responsibility of coordinating all nutrition and nutrition related activities in the country; facilitating inter-sectoral collaboration in the area of nutrition, and implementing the National Nutrition Policy. The Agency also serves as the Secretariat to the National Nutrition Council and the Scaling Up of Nutrition (SUN) Movement in The Gambia. The MoU further aims in strengthening the capacities of SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia Caregivers and beneficiaries in its various community projects and programmes by coordinating technical, human and material resources for the delivery of nutrition relevant training programmes putting into consideration the crucial elements of nutrition and thereby incorporating into its existing plans.
The purpose of this MoU is to;
- Establish a relationship with like-minded organization/institutions like NaNA in the field of nutrition and related areas;
- Support SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia Programmes fully integrate nutrition objectives in their overall development plans;
- Ensure the SOS Parents and project beneficiaries understand the importance of nutrition in provision of quality childcare and delivery;
- Train, organize exchange visits and share best practices in Food and Nutrition Security.
- Serve as basis for strategic partnership development in the areas of work where synergies are identified.
The areas of cooperation shall be;
- Maternal and Child Nutrition
- Food Fortification
- Healthy Eating and Lifestyle
- School Feeding
- Nutritional status assessment
- Review of the Minimum Standard for Child Care Institutions in The Gambia.
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia in Monday the 27th of September 2021, joins the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare with Stakeholders and Child Care Professionals to review the Minimum Standard and Checklist for the operation of Residential Child Care Institutions.
The idea is to ensure that the document is up to date to ensure that all care
institutions adhere and conform to the required standards for the safe, security and wellbeing of children in these institutions.
Some of areas highlighted in the document looks at the following:
1. CARING FOR CHILDREN IN THE RESIDENTIAL HOME, 2.CASE MANAGEMENT OF CHILDREN IN THE RESIDENTIAL HOMES, 3.RESIDENTIAL HOMES FOR CHILDREN PREMISES AND FACILITIES, 4.GOVERNANCE, 5.STAFFING AND MANAGEMENT.
SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia reaffirm their commitment and advocacy in ensuring Quality Care for all Children in all forms of Alternative Care. ( Foster Care, Kinship, Family-like Care and Residential Child Care Homes) duirng the one day workshop.