HAART Conference in Nairobi

VMM International Partner Organisation, HAART, Conference on Human Trafficking

VMM Safeguarding Programme Manager with Misean Cara members

Lucy Monari, VMM Safeguarding Programme Manager with Misean Cara members, Sr. Margaret Bradbury, Sr. Tecla Chepnge’no and Jennifer Muhanji of the Franciscan Missionaries of St. Joseph

HAART, the only agency that solely fights human trafficking in Kenya, was initiated in 2010 and their estimates show that today their awareness campaigns about human trafficking reach an audience of over 100,000 people annually. These campaigns mainly target children, communities and leaders at the grassroots level. Previous VMM International articles demonstrate how over the years HAART has taken on awareness creation and legal aid for victims of trafficking, in addition to running a temporary girls’ shelter and research in human trafficking.

Rose, CSO of Diocese of Kitale

Safeguarding Programme Manager Lucy Monari with Rose Obonyo, CSO Diocese of Kitale, VMM partner

On the 27th March 2018 HAART convened a conference in a Nairobi hotel to launch the HAART Manual to combat child trafficking (revised edition). This guide for teachers also includes posters and a handbook for children. The manual has been developed over the past 2 years and piloted with positive results. It is to be used in schools, madrasa and Sunday schools with children aged 8-14 years. HAART really appreciates the support of VMM International not only in the development of the manual but for the partnership. VMM International’s logo is ‘loud and clear’ on the manual and our support is acknowledged with special thanks to Louise McEvoy for their inputs. Other presentations in the conference included the status of child/human trafficking in Kenya, the input from the Government of Kenya and trends in human/child trafficking. There were four VMM International members present at this conference – Dalmas Odedo, Ignacio Lepro, Nahid Dabiri and, new VMM International Safeguarding and Protection Programme Manager, Lucy Monari.

Complementing the updated VMM International Child and Vulnerable Adult Safeguarding policy, HAART has indicated their willingness to support VMM International develop a simple guide / manual for Child Rights Clubs in schools in the dioceses of Kitale and Lodwar.

Misean Cara Steering Committee members in training in Nairobi

Misean Cara Steering Committee members at HAART conference in Nairobi. L-R: Tim Flynn (VMM Intl. Africa Mgr), Sr. Mary Musa (Holy Rosary Sisters), Sr. Purity (Salesian Sisters), Sandra, Seamus, Sr. Angela (Medical Missionaries of Mary), Mr. George (St. Patrick’s) and Lucy Monari (VMM Intl.). Kneeling; Br. Antone (De La Salle) and Br. Paul (Misean Cara)

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