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In addition to our work in the projects that we carry out with children on site, we are committed to promote and strength the legal framework for the protection of children, especially street children in Togo.
Although great efforts have been made in recent years to improve the situation of children in Togo do street children not really benefit from the progress. That is why we want to create conditions that enable them to participate.
Our activities include working meetings with local authorities, workshops for exchange with institution and organizations that deal with systems for the protection of children's right in Togo and worldwide. Together with our civil society organizations we are working on a consultation framework that will provide authorities with measures to better protect children living on the streets from all forms of exclusion and discrimination.
The aim of this project is to prevent children from leaving their families in the first place. That's is why we specifically promote the discussion of social norms and behaviors where more and more children run away due to poor conditions.
First of all, we are strengthening the capacities of local mandate holders and development committees on the subject of child trafficking in the rural areas of the highlands and central regions. In order to do this we provide them with tools mechanism that make it easier to identify and control children's migration routes.
Our goal is to train more than 600 local elected officials and members of local development committees and to raise awareness among 15,000 families about the practices and methods of child traffickers.
. In addition, there are further trialing courses for specialists working in the field of child protection on the topic “receiving, hearing and supporting children who are victims of human trafficking on migrations routes”.
The project to support the promotion of preventive and protective actions for children is part of the decentralization process in Togo. This project will aim to :
More than the half of the street children in Togo do not have an identity card and are nor officially know to the Togolese authorities.
So these children have no official identity or nationality. This will lead to serious difficulties for the children in the near future and will further exacerbate their social exclusion as they can not exercise their right as Togolese citizens because they are invisible to society.
The “J´Suis” project is working with the support of authorities and partners to create the conditions for more than 1000 street children to be officially registered by 2022.