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One Thousand Boys Project
  • Goal : 35 000$
  • Target: 50 000$

The One Thousand Boys initiative builds on the work of ChildLinK and its international and local partners which commenced in 2010 with a campaign for the prevention of child sexual abuse (CSA) through the Tell Scheme initiative.  This campaign was designed by Unicef and Social Services at the launching of the sexual offences 2010 legislation and implemented nationally in Primary schools by ChildLinK across all ten regions to increase reporting of CSA.  Several subsequent supportive actions were designed and implemented in collaboration with government and international partners inclusive of the Ministry of Social Protection (MoSP) and its Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) department, Ministry of Education (MoE), Guyana Police Force (GPF), the Judiciary, Unicef, Family For Every Child in the UK and local civil society partners.  The One Thousand Boys (OTB) action will widen collaboration, increase the target groups, deliver services in regions where no services currently exits and place greater emphasis on men and boys both as victims and perpetrators but more critically as advocates for preventing CSA.  This action will address the deeper societal and cultural complexities of CSA and identify the harmful social norms drivers of CSA to increase the responsibility on adults in protecting children.  New social norms will be introduced to increase reporting and prevention of CSA.  

The overall objective of the OTB is to strengthen systems, practices, and services of key stakeholders (MoSP, GPF, MoE, MoPH, MoIP, Judiciary) and 4 CSOs with the expertise to build good practices and empower 1000 teen boys and 200 men as advocates and build the capacity of 3000 women and 530 human rights workers (HRW) to protect and prevent 10,000 children from child sexual abuse (CSA) across 5 Regions (3,4,6,8,9) by March 2023.

 

Specific Objectives of the OTB are (1) Established CSA action group with 10 government and civil society agencies to provide oversight and institutionalizing procedures of key stakeholders for reporting, preventing and protecting children from CSA.  (2) Increased knowledge and skills of 530 HRW from key stakeholders and grassroots in 5 Regions to improve and standardize practices for reporting and preventing CSA. (3.1) Strengthened capacity of 1000 teen boys and 200 men (fathers) as advocates for preventing CSA and 3000 parents/carers (women) to report and prevent CSA. (3.2) Established 3 Child Advocacy Centres (CACs) in rural/indigenous communities in regions 6, 8, 9 to provide services to 100 CSA victims. (4.1) Conducted baseline survey with 200 men and teen boys and 200 women and teen girls from the 5 regions on social norms drivers of CSA.  (4.2) Improved and targeted public education for 10,000 children at risk of CSA and the wider society on positive social norms for changing behaviours for protecting children and preventing CSA.  (4.3) Public education awareness incorporates the potential impact on sexual reproductive health (SRH) as a result of CSA and the potentials of the social and economic development of oil and gas.

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