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VGE Community Support Initiatives
Community Support Initiatives
As VGE we uphold the value of community support initiatives in making a difference in the Community. We therefore pay special attention to marginalized groups such as women and children. At the same time, we do not leave behind the boy child and men for we recognize that sustainable development is contributed by the wellbeing, wellness and prosperity of both genders.
Child Protection (Girl & Boy Child)
VGE stands in support of the government in achieving a society free from Child abuse and molestation and a society well informed of different protective measures. As VGE we are alarmed by the increasing rate of child abuse and molestation in our communities. The statistics are higher than ever! Together with our partners we join hands to create awareness about the ill acts, sensitize the children on how to identify a molester and/or pedophile as well as invest in educational programs to curb the challenge. We recognize that putting an end to all forms of child abuse requires a collective effort that would support the government through holistic approaches. Therefore, our programs are designed to bring all stakeholders on board to jointly work tirelessly to protect children in their Homes, Neighbourhoods, Schools and Houses of worship among others. We believe that it is paramount to build a community whereby every individual feels they have a responsibility to protect children. Until then our children are not safe!
Gender Based Violence
We recognize that Gender Based Violence greatly impacts the victims both women and men. The most unfortunate consequence being the unseen scars passed on from generation to generation. In this case, children who grow up in abusive environments most likely become abusers themselves. To build a well-balanced generation we need to collectively understand the deeper consequences of abuse. Then go an extra mile to understand the journey of both victims and abusers for purposes of helping them heal from their deeply hidden scars. This takes dedication, time and patience! We are committed in this for a better tomorrow. Counseling is one of our prime approaches to achieve healing!
Boy Child Mentorship Programs
At VGE we have taken note that as significant attention has been dedicated towards empowering the girl child, the boy child is slowly but steadily left behind. Therefore, our programs are best designed to mentor, train and groom young men to face present days and future dynamics and challenges. In our communities we have a set of believers who view a boy child as a young person who can raise himself because he is a man. As a consequence, a boy child falls the risk of learning from wrong places, sources and environment. As a result the boy child misses on the right mentorship and training necessary to prepare him for tomorrow in all spheres.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
We acknowledge that the government has put in a lot of effort and initiatives to curb Female Genital Mutilation in our community. Nevertheless, the practice persists secretively in some communities. VGE therefore partners with responsible national authorities and actors to educate the affected societies about the ill consequences of FGM. We recognize that change takes time and it is a process. Therefore, our programs are designed to build on the milestones achieved and provide support where setbacks are identified.
Pro bono Legal Assistance
At VGE we bring together a wide network of lawyers committed to particularly take on child protection cases as a priority area. We also facilitate pro bono services to other forms of abuse including Gender Based Violence and inheritance for marginalized groups among others.