AFRUCA in Africa
AFRUCA UK is an NGO in Special Consultative status with UN ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council). AFRUCA UK is also registered with the Nigeria Planning Commission as an International NGO. Our aim is to work in direct partnership with local NGOs and charities in Nigeria and wider Africa to help promote the rights and welfare of children across the continent.
Supporting Children Accused of Witchcraft Branding in Akwa Ibom State
In December 2013, AFRUCA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a local NGO – HAPSTA the Humanist Association for Peace and Social Tolerance Advancement to support vulnerable children accused of witchcraft and evil spirits who are being looked after in its shelter in Eket, Akwa Ibom State. These are children who have been rejected and evicted by their own families due to false accusations of witchcraft and witch-hunts. We are also working with the organisation to help strengthen and develop their child protection policies and procedures to ensure that the children being looked after can be further protected from abuse, harm and exploitation.
Enchancing Child Protection Policies and Practices
In 2014, AFRUCA worked in some states in Nigeria to train various senior policy-makers and practitioners in child protection. Our aim was to help enhance their knowledge and skills in this area in order to ensure that strong policies that will promote child safety and safeguarding in different areas were put in place. AFRUCA organised the first Child Safeguarding Summit in Lagos State in May 2014. AFRUCA aims to expand our training programmes across Africa in partnership with other organisations.
Country Assessment and Family Tracing
AFRUCA UK, through its strong links in Nigeria, is able to carry out detailed country assessment for children and families as requested by UK social services departments. We also assist with tracing families in Nigeria and assisting with the re-unification of children, individuals or families prior or after their return to the country. We are also expanding this area to other African countries.
Safeguarding African Children Series of Conferences and workshops
AFRUCA met and discussed with various high ranking British policy-makers and practitioners many of whom are of Nigerian origin to participate in the first ever series of conferences on Safeguarding Children in Nigeria (View Press Release Here). The aim is to enable a transfer of knowledge and an exchange of ideas between local Nigerian policy makers and their British counterparts in different areas so as to strengthen child protection policies and practices across the country. These events will be organised in partnership with credible local NGOs. We also working with partners in other African countries to expand these events to other parts of Africa.
Campaigning and Advocacy
AFRUCA works with NGOs of similar minds to campaign on key issues affecting children in Africa ensuring these issues are kept at the top of the agenda. Using our position as an NGO in special consultative status with the UN ECOSOC, we are highlighting various issues affecting children and families at this level to help make changes happen.