Toto Centre Initiative joins our network

We are delighted to welcome the Toto Centre Initiative (Facebook page) to the Keeping Children Safe members’ network and our Keeping Victims and Survivors Safe Programme. We are really looking forward to working with them on their child safeguarding measures.

This organisation is a registered child-centered, community based organisation that work directly with children, school community members, key departments from county and national government, and like-minded organisations to address, and eliminate, social and cultural barriers that affect education of boys and girls.

As always, we like to post a news story about new members, and promote the organisation amongst the KCS network and online following.

So, to kick things off, we asked the Toto Centre to share their thoughts on joining the programme:

What made you decide to join the KCS members’network? 

Keeping Children Safe (KCS) is the only Child-centred International Organization that provides the safest child safeguarding measures and technical expertise to multi-national  and grassroots organizations around the world. Our motivation to join KCS as a member was for us to get exposure and technical skills and experience in developing our own child safeguarding measures to guide our child protection programming at local community level.  

Our participation in the Keeping Victims and Survivors Safe Programme will enable us transform our knowledge gap, especially during our case management activities at school community level. 

What is your key driver to implement child safeguarding? 

Our push is the increased number of violence against our young adolescent girls, especially  during this moment of Covid-19. Despite the increased number of sexual violence, we get frustrated because we really want to help by intervening the situation. But, we find that we are limited by lack of the right technical skills in child safeguarding measures, which would enable us to address the various challenges that affect our children in Lamu County, Kenya. Now that we  are part of this programme, our dream has come true because we know that our capacity will be strengthened. 

Where do you think your organisation will be regarding child safeguarding in a year? 

We believe that by the end of one year, the Toto Centre Initiative will have moved ahead in terms of the following; 

  • Increased technical skills and experience to our staff as we shall be able to design and implementing child safeguarding measures that we did not have. 
  • Reduced number of violence against our young adolescent boys and girls since we  shall have learnt the right way of doing things especially in processing and  managing child protection cases. 
  • Increased number of partnerships, networks and linkages with various like-minded  organizations both locally and globally. 

What message do you want to tell your staff, donors and the wider world? 

Firstly, we appreciate KCS for coming up with this kind of great programme. This is because many organizations have been implementing their child protection  and related programmes without, or with limited knowledge of the need to have the right Child Safeguarding Measures in place. At the Toto Centre Initiative we are lucky to be part of this programme, and our future donors will be able to see value for their support/money, because they can be assured that no child will be left to suffer or experience any form of violence, discrimination or abuse. Not in our watch. We will be empowered by KCS!

Hamisi Dzole, Co-Founder & Chairperson of the Toto Centre Initiative (TCI).

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