Safe places for children

growing up in Kenya
Lucy Monari

Child protection is a term that I have come to get used to and understand fully only in my adulthood. To understand why, you would need a little exposure of my childhood. I grew up in Kisii, a small village in Western Kenya, the fifth born in a family of eight. I was in this context till I completed high school in the 1990’s. My mother was our main mentor as my father worked away in the city and only came home at the end of the year. As a child, just like any other children we just did what we were told, did all the errands at home and at school as required by the parent/teacher and we loved it.

Jesus said: Let the little children come to me

Dorothy Hambayi
Dorothy Hambayi 

Jesus said "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Mt.19:14)

In Zambia and Malawi, children face many challenges from a lack of schools, health facilities and playgrounds to food and housing.

Children first

children first Kenya
Fr Corbinian Kyara SJ

The ongoing campaign in Kenya, and other parts of Africa, of educating both children and adults on forms and effects of child abuse and the need to establish concrete measures to protect children, has resulted in an increased number of people who understand, support and appreciate the importance of having in place policies and procedures to protect children. As will be discussed below, education empowers and creates awareness, the necessary conditions for durable social change and child safeguarding in Kenya.

Irish men behind the Missions: Fr John Moore SJ

Fr John Moore

The Irish Jesuit Missions continues its series of interviews with Fr John Moore SJ. From ecologist to theologian, Fr John Moore SJ takes us though his life’s story in Ireland and Zambia.

Universal Children’s Day 2016

Universal Childrens Day

Photo credit: Zerene Haddad / Jesuit Refugee Service

Sunday 20th November is Universal Children’s Day, dedicated to promoting the rights of the child. Pope Francis has launched an appeal “to the conscience of all, institutions and families, that children always be protected and their wellbeing safeguarded, so that they never fall prey to forms of slavery, recruitment for armed groups, and maltreatment.”

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