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Famsa empowers Alex children with safety skills against abuse

Famsa Johannesburg empowers young minds on their rights to protect themselves against various forms of abuse.

The Family and Marriage Society of SA’s Family Life Centre recently hosted a child protection event focused on sexual abuse at Safe Hub in Alexandra, which brought together children from various schools in the area.

The event aimed to educate and empower young minds about the importance of child protection and its significance in their lives.

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Children carried posters with their rights written and some read 'Stop Children Abuse Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Children carried posters with their rights written and some read ‘Stop Children Abuse Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

Famsa Johannesburg CEO, Jennifer Papers said they host this event every year, and it is also part of their community outreach programme which is an anti-bullying and sexual abuse programme.

Famsa Johannesburg social auxiliary worker Elizabeth Mothabela in the centre tells children their rights at the Child Protection Week event. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Famsa Johannesburg social auxiliary worker Elizabeth Mothabela in the centre tells children their rights at the Child Protection Week event. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

“Today we are in Alexandra to teach children about their rights, to give them tools on how to protect themselves from sexual abuse. This event is not for children only but for their teachers as well to help them understand how they should assist the children if they find out that he/ she is being abused.

Famsa Johannesburg team: financial officer Thato Legau, social worker Nyeleti Ndlovu, Famsa Johannesburg CEO Jennifer Papers, Patience Pooe a social auxiliary worker and David Buthelezi also a social auxiliary worker pose for a picture after the Child Protection event at Safe Hub. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Famsa Johannesburg team: financial officer Thato Legau, social worker Nyeleti Ndlovu, Famsa Johannesburg CEO Jennifer Papers, Patience Pooe a social auxiliary worker and David Buthelezi also a social auxiliary worker pose for a picture after the Child Protection event at Safe Hub. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

“With these events, we hope children will be empowered and we hope to provide them with knowledge because some other children may be not told about these things at home. We want to ensure that children are safe by breaking the silence; we want them to speak up when they are abused,” Papers said.

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Another group of children at the Child Protection Week event are told about the importance of protecting themselves and knowing their rights. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Another group of children at the Child Protection Week event are told about the importance of protecting themselves and knowing their rights. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

The children participated in various activities, including role play, their rights and tips to protect themselves which aimed to teach them about the importance of sharing their feelings, boundaries, and personal space.

Some of the posters urge people to stop child labour at the Child Protection Week event. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe
Some of the posters urge people to stop child labour at the Child Protection Week event. Photo: Xoliswa Zakwe

“We believe that every child has the right to be protected and respected, and we are proud to host events like this that promote child protection and safety,” Papers said.

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