To relief the population who are suffering from the armed conflict that has been going on since 2016, this project was initiated to facilitate the establishments of birth certificates for children in the conflict zones.
This project was informed the economic crisis stemming from the armed conflicts and the needs for children especially those born within the crisis period to have an identity. The Birth certificate project was piloted in Bamessing – Ndop in Ngoketunjia Division of the North West region benefiting over 312 children.
The first activity of this project was awareness raising and sensitization. Our staff and some volunteers from the various villages were dispatched to the various communities to sensitize the population and educate them on the importance of children having birth certificates. Some of the benefits of children having birth certificates highlighted were;
To give children an identity
Facilitate the registration or enrollment of children in schools and other courses
Facilitated the establishment of passports for children in future when they need to travel out of the country
And above all a fulfillment of their human rights
Sensitization activities were done in health centers during post and pre-natal clinics sessions and in communities during gatherings. The parents acknowledged and appreciated the knowledge shared but expressed their fears of accessing the administrations due to threats from secessionists. They also expressed the economic challenges as many of them had lost their businesses and jobs and could hardly afford money to survive talk less of producing birth certificates for their new born babies.