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“END VIOLENCE ” Campaign loading……………
The high rate of violence against children in Nigeria has prompted CRACO to initiate a National campaign to end violence against children, with the theme “NO to all Forms of Violence Against Children”. Everyday, at least a child dies somewhere in Nigeria due to violence. On daily basis calls and e-mails are sent to CRACO to save a child somewhere who is passing through violence. The nature of these violence includes physical, sexual and emotional violence. The cases of rape and defilement of children is becoming alarming. We have gotten report of a 3-months old child being defiled. Most worrisome is that most of these acts are being perpetrated mostly by people we least expect. People the children placed so much trust on. CRACO has conducted a Survey on violence against children between the period of 2015-2017. The result is alarming. We are presently documenting cases of violence against children, and we shall soon publish a chronicle of cases of violence against children in Nigeria.
However, you can visit CRACOBLOG @ www.cracong.org/blog-overview; CRACO facebook page @Cracong; or follow us on Instagram @ craconig; Twitter @ cracong1; to always read our daily reports on cases of violence against children in Nigeria.
In preparation for this National Campaign, CRACO is publishing a book for children titled: “My Rights, My Future” with which we intend to use in our work with schools in furtherance of this campaign. Meanwhile, CRACO has commenced “Operation 50 schools” – a project to reach 50 schools in Lagos State with the End violence campaign. Operation 700 Schools nationwide will commence by September, 2018 after a one-day conference and official launch of the National Campaign in Lagos State
Speak up, speak out, stand strong, together we can save the children
CRACO TAKES “END VIOLENCE CAMPAIGN” TO CARO FAVOURED COLLEGE, AWODI ORA, APAPA, LAGOS,NIGERIA
CHILD RIGHTS SUMMIT
Annually, CRACO organizes Child Rights sensitization programme tagged “Child Rights Summit” aimed at addressing specific child rights issues. The programme which witnesses a large turn out of students and teachers from various secondary schools in Nigeria holds every 27th of May annually. The summit is held to mark the world’s children’s day. Featuring in the summit include debates and quiz competitions, drama, talent hunt, and lectures. Gifts, Certificates and Awards are given to best individual students, and best schools. CRACO is planning for a bigger and eventful Child Rights Summit in 2017
COMMUNITY OUTREACH/COMMUNITY SERVICE
From time to time, as the need arises, and the fund available, Craco organizes outreach programme termed “Community Outreach” geared at reaching out to the less privileged women and children in the society, including street children, with the aim of improving their livelihood. Clothes, food stuff, and other essential items donated by members and non members alike are distributed to this category of people. Craco also visits disabled children’s homes and Orphanages for the same purpose.
‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he grows up, he will not depart from it’. To this regard we train children and young people to give back to the community which has given them much through our community service activities. In 2016, students from Chrisland High School participated in CRACO Community service activity, after which each student receives Attestation Letter and a copy of CRACO’s book titled “In Pursuit of True Success” which will help them appreciate the importance and need for volunteerism and selfless service to humanity.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF CHARITY
In its resolution A/RES/67/105, the United Nations General Assembly designated the 5th of September, the anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, as International Day of Charity. The first international Day of Charity was commemorated at the UN headquarters in 2013. In 2014, CRACO commemorated the first ever International Day of Charity in Nigeria. The event witnessed the launch of a book (published by CRACO) to promote charitable works. At the event, Awards were also given to organisations, including Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, as well as individuals doing charitable works in the manner of Mother Teresa. Public Lecture was delivered by Pastor Tunde Bakare (Head Pastor of Latter Rain Assembly) on the topic: “How each of us can change the world“. The Nigerian Police Band was present at the event to entertain the audience. It has become part of the program of CRACO to mark the International Day of Charity every 5th day of September, to promote and encourage works of charity.
Sisters of Mother Teresa after receiving a humanitarian Award
CRACO by the grace of God will keep promoting charitable works in Nigeria and beyond, through the annual commemoration of International Day of Charity.
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