The Support Project for the Protection of Children Victims of Violations of their Rights (PAPEV) started operations in The Gambia in September 2019.
The PAPEV Project seeks to support ECOWAS and the governments of The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea Conakry, Guinea Bissau and Niger to strengthen their Child Protection systems in the sub region and to ensure greater protection of children in these countries.
Financed by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation through the Office of The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and a grant to the ECOWAS Gender Development Centre to support to Strengthen reception services for Children Victims of Human Rights Violations. The PAPEV Project partners with the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and the Institute For Social Reformation and Action (ISRA) to provide food and non food Items to children in 50 Koranic Recitation Centres across the country and The Shelter For Children in Bakoteh.
On Thursday 13th August, the PAPEV Project conducted a Virtual Handing Over of the support items to The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare for onward distribution to the Koranic Centres across the regions.
The Ceremony was graced by the presence of Officials from the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Officials from the Directorate of Social Welfare, ECOWAS Permanent Representation in The Gambia, staff of the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights OHCHR West Africa Regional Office, Officials from the ECOWAS Gender Development Centre in Senegal, OHCHR Gambia staff, Officials from the Institute of Reformation and Action (ISRA), PAPEV Gambia National Steering Committee members, Collaborators and Child Protection Actors in The Gambia.
Statements made during the ceremony all acknowledged that Children of all ages and in all countries are being impacted by the COVID 19 crisis, particularly those in already disadvantaged or vulnerable situations. Children living in unsanitary and crowded conditions were considered high risk since practicing social physical distancing is impossible and availability of basic sanitary materials and facilities continues to be a challenge. The Statements emphasised the need to reach out to these children who need support for protection now more than ever before. All committed to continue the support to vulnerable children especially during the current COVID crisis.
The support package valued at over One million four hundred Thousand Dalasis was handed over to Permanent Secretary Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and to ISRA for onward distribution to the Heads of the Koranic Recitation Centres. The Support include the following: Food support for 50 Koranic Centres, Reintegration Kits for 50 Majalis children to Reunite with their families, Provision of Sanitary Items for 50 Koranic Centres, Installation of one Solar Powered Borehole at the Shelter For Children, Provision of food support to Children at The shelter for children.
Distribution of the Items to beneficiaries will be done on the 14th August and from 24th to 27th August 2020 in the regions.