Yesterday all staff at Nariokotome Mission attended a 1-day workshop on Child Protection. This was made possible by the Diocese of Lodwar’s Children’s Office.
The facilitator, Ms. Jacinta Lomongin, took the attendees through the document “Policies and Procedures on Safeguarding Children (2011)” of the Kenya Episcopal Conference. The participants were made aware of the need for protecting children from abuse, and they have pledged to work hand in hand with the Children’s Office to help protect all children under our care.
The team then proceeded to the village and conducted a brief meeting with all the local community around Nariokotome Mission on the same issue.
At present there are many children in rural areas of Turkana who continue to suffer abuse, particularly in the form of neglect by parents, not receiving sufficient food, not being allowed to go to school or going to schools where they do not receive proper education; all this is in addition to cases of physical mistreatment, sexual abuse and forced child marriage.