OUR WORK AREAS
AFRUCA works in many ways to help promote the rights and welfare of African children. Our main areas of work are:
- Awareness raising and sensitization within African communities and among young Africans about children’s rights as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international conventions and UK legislation promoting the rights and welfare of children.
- Information, education, and advisory services to raise the profile of African children in the UK, increase awareness of their needs, improve policies and practices, and develop the leadership potential of young Africans. Activities include research and publishing reports; media work; conferences, seminars, workshops, and training programmers for policy makers, service providers, parents, faith and community leaders, young people; community meetings; advice and consultancy services.
- Advocacy and policy development working closely with policy makers to shape the development of policy and regulatory action to promote the welfare of children
- Community and international development in partnership with others to put in place programmers and projects to help relieve some of the suffering and hardship that African children experience
- Support for Children, Young People and Families We work to support children, young people and African families in crisis or at the point of breakdown through effective early intervention services. Our therapeutic service provides a confidential space to explore thoughts, feelings, beliefs and experiences through one-to-one, psycho-educational groups or group therapy, to those who have been affected by abuse including trafficking and FGM.
As AFRUCA develops, our work is also expanding to include:
- Working with others internationally to address many of the issues and challenges African children experience on the ground in Africa.
- Collaborating and sharing learning with organisations seeking to pro mote the welfare of African children in other countries in Europe.
- Continuing to expand our spheres of influence within the African communities in the UK to ensure that our work helps to meet the needs and priorities of children and families in the community. <top>
Members, Board of Trustees
- Ms Zainab Clarkson – Chair
- Miss Afua Hirsch – Vice Chair
- Mrs Janet Latinwo – Secretary
- Mrs Prospera Tedam
- Ms Ganiatu Martins
- Mr Simon Vandi
- Debbie Ariyo OBE – Founder/Chief Executive Officer
- Sesi Iyabo Prosper – PA/Admin Assistant
- James Titi-Lartey – Head of Finance and Administration
- Sammie Amanuel Menghistu – Finance Officer
- Justin Bahunga – Training Consultant
- Rachel Hodgkin – Policy Advisor Witchcraft Branding (Volunteer)
- Laura Cremen – Anti- Trafficking Project Manager
- Tosin Jegede – Victim Support Worker – Anti – Trafficking Project
- Sarah Malik – FGM Emotional Well-Being Coordinator (AFRUCA Centre Manchester)
- Oladapo Awosokanre – Project Coordinator – Work With Faith Organisations in the West Midlands
- Tom Stephenson – Social Worker
- Samantha-Angela Thompson – Social Worker
- Josie Dale – Mental Health Practitioner – Anti – Trafficking Project
- Halilat Yusuf – Training and Communications Worker
- Rose Ssali – Project Coordinator – FGM Programme and Child Protection Training in North-West England (AFRUCA Centre Manchester)
- Lauretta King-Webb – Intern Social Worker (AFRUCA Centre Manchester)
- Barbara Nambuya – Research Volunteer (AFRUCA Centre Manchester)
- Folasade Olurin – Volunteer (AFRUCA Centre Manchester)
AFRUCA Children’s Champions
AFRUCA has a team of very active volunteers who are working as our Children’s Champions and Anti-FGM Youth Champions. They all go out to help raise awareness in faith groups, schools, community groups and also host community events to educate and inform about different practices impacting on children and the role of the community in protecting children from abuse and harm. Altogether, AFRUCA has approximately 180 Adult Children Champions and Youth Anti-FGM Champions all working right across England to promote our work.