The department of Social Protection is a pioneer department in FAPAD. Its strategic objective is to protect vulnerable groups and individuals in Lango sub region.
Our interventions are on prevention and management of sexual and gender-based violence and child protection. We are committed in promoting safety of vulnerable persons especially women and children.
We support them through their respective households in the various sub-counties in Lango Sub-region; and through capacity building of community peace promoters and child protection committees.
Our capacity enrichment include training on core sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and Child Protection, and provision of basic facilities and IEC materials for community education.
Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime(Asian Forum Newsletter. 2001 Jun-Jul; 4).
Women and girls from Lango sub-region is not an exception from these abuses in their daily lives. The department offers support and services for survivors of SGBV and educate community members to prevent further violence in the region. We also work with both men and women to fight back at gender inequalities that still affect women and girls in our society, particularly in areas of land rights, property ownership, participation and health.
Priority areas include;
- Psychosocial support to survivors and groups through counseling and guidance
- Community education on human rights violence
- Advocacy on key policy areas
- Networking & collaboration with key stakeholders on the protection and response to SGBV
- Mediation and reconciliatory processes
- Follow up and support to survivors of abuse
FAPAD is committed to enabling children to achieve their full potential and ensure their overall wellbeing is catered for through protective and conducive environment. The department has in place a rich child safety policy which guides our child protection intervention within and outside the organization.
Our priorities in child protection include;
- Strengthening skills and knowledge of community-based structures (CPPS, CPCS, local leaders) to protect and respond to child rights abuses
- Working with institutions and formal structures to prevent and respond to violence against children
- Empowering communities to protect and respond to violence against children.
- Family group conferencing: For every child at risk of deprivation and violence, we create a platform for preventive dialogues as an early warning system.
- Promoting Safe school environment activities through capacity building of child rights clubs, matrons/patrons on child rights and responsibilities
- Monitoring and follow up support to clients/survivors of abuse
Projects undertaken by the department
Since 2004, the department has successfully, managed a number of projects which all contributed to the achievement of our strategic plan. All these projects were supported by different partners including;
- Inter Church Cooperation for Development organization (ICCO)-Protection of Property Rights for children (orphans) and Women (Widows)-2013-2015
- EU-9th EDF CSCBP II - Prevention and Management of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Lango sub region 2006-2008
- Geneva Global Institute for Human Rights-Reintegration of Street Children in Lira 2006
- Geneva Global Institute for Human Rights-Prevention and Management of Human (Child) Trafficking with Emergency Shelter Services-2007 to 2008
- Legal Aid Basket Fund II- Strengthening community service, mediation and access to legal Aid (2500) Children in Lango Sub region
- ICCO - Prevention and mitigation of violence against children and women - 2008 to 2012
- ICCO/Kerk In Actie-Campaign against Child Sacrifice
- UNICEF - Community empowerment for sustainable child protection in Apac district -2008 to 2009
- Trocaire - Facilitating community empowerment for child protection in Lango Sub region - 2009
- UCRNN - child participation project and letter link project in primary schools - 2010 to 2012
- Sustainable, Comprehensive Responses for vulnerable children and their families (SCORE) -AVSI USAID-2012-13
- EU-VAC-Combating silent violence against children in the post conflict districts of northern Uganda -2013 to 2017.
Through our intervention with support from different donors, the department continues to facilitate and strengthen functionality of 450 Child Protection Committees/CPPs across 6 districts in Lango (Lira, Apac, Dokolo, Kole, Alebtong & Amolatar) and as a result, over 24,213 (14,834F and 9,379M) children were reached directly in the last 10 years through counseling and guidance, medical support, legal advice, mediation and referrals services.
We work closely with institutions and structures including; child and Family Protection Unit, Probation Officers, community Development Officers, Community Liaison Officers and Judiciary Officials in communities. Our work enhances government actors’ capacities in investigating cases of sexual abuse and prosecution of perpetrators of sexual abuses.
More than 18,012 parents were reached through 180 home visits to settle Gender based violence as well as child protection awareness. Consequently, more parents are aware of child protection at the community level creating and enabling environment with less violence against them, increased joint decision making among couples and shared responsibilities among families.
Improved network and collaboration observed during years of existence through continued coordination meetings at various levels. These resulted to passing of by-laws in some sub-counties like Bala and Agweng on the ban of casino operation within the community, joint monitoring and support to community-based structures and efficient referral system that ensures that serious cases get timely attention
Partnership and Collaboration
We continue to execute our mandate together with other stakeholders through partnership and collaboration in various activities including advocacy on women and children human rights issues, joint monitoring on the situation of the most vulnerable persons, case management and awareness creation on most pressing issues within communities.
The institutions and stakeholders partnered with includes; Uganda, Child Rights NGO Network, Plan International, UNSCR 1325-1820 coalition, Political leaders, Uganda Human Rights Network, Local government leaders, Police, Health sector, Education department, Uganda Women Parliamentary Association among others. This collaboration has strengthened our partnership with other stakeholders engaged in human rights work.
The department ensures that the affected people are always at the forefront of identifying problems and solutions; we work with more than 1,700 volunteers commonly known as the community peace promoters(CPP) are well trained and equipped persons to coordinate and address child protection problems holistically.
The department has over 10 years’ experience of fighting against sexual and gender-based violence against women and children who are more vulnerable to these abuses. We run a functional counseling and guidance desk in Lira office for survivors of abuse to seek for help and support from our professional social workers. Outreach activities is also conducted by staff with support of the trained grassroot structures through home visits, mediation and follow up of cases in order to take services nearer to the most vulnerable persons.
Places covered by projects
- Lira District: Agweng, Aromo, Bar and Ogur subcounty
- Apac District: Apac,and Aduku subcounty
- Alebtong District: Amugu, Omoro and Awei subcounty
- Dokolo District: Adeknino, Dokolo, Okwongodul and Kangai subcounty
- Kole: Subcounties of Alito, Bala, Akalo and Ayer-town council
- Amolatar District: Aputi, Muntu, Namasale and Awelo subcounty