Ukonga, Dar es salaam.
In a significant stride toward safeguarding the well-being of children, particularly in the face of escalating cases of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), we orchestrated a powerful series of engagements with authorities, parents, and children in the Ukonga Ward, Dar es Salaam. The urgency of the situation prompted a swift and proactive response from us, answering the call for intervention made by the Ukonga Ward Executive Officer (WEO), Ms. Neema Heddi.
In the wake of successful community dialogues and impactful school visits, the Ukonga Ward leadership has, in January 2024, allocated an office space within the ward administration building.
This designated space is poised to become a sanctuary for victims and their parents, providing crucial Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) through face-to-face professional counselling services. The establishment of this counselling room is a tangible embodiment of the commitment to healing and supporting children who have endured the harrowing impacts of violence.
The strategic move underscores our dedication to fostering not just immediate interventions but creating enduring spaces for recovery and resilience. As we navigate through these challenging times, this initiative stands as a beacon of hope and a testament to the power of community-driven responses in safeguarding the rights and well-being of every child.
Stay tuned for updates on the transformative impact of this initiative and how it contributes to building a safer, more resilient community.
Prepared Mr. Bosco Bosco, MHPSS-SEA & SRH expert and reviewed and published by C-Sema's Communication Team.