This organisation has over 10 years experience implementing developmental projects both nationally and at the community level including the National Foster Care Project funded by UNICEF, Kinship Project funded by EveryChild UK and Scotia Bank, Tell Scheme/Campaign funded by UNICEF, Hug Project funded by EU, Care and Support for Vulnerable and Excluded Children Project funded by DFID, OneLife 2 funded by Global Fund, Youth Vision funded by UNDP, Alternative Care funded by EU among others. Through the Tell Scheme Initiative, a national response to tackle sexual violence against children, we have sensitized over 5000 stakeholders including children, parents, and teachers in over 300 primary schools across Guyana to prevent abuse and build a culture of disclosure within our society. Our affiliate, The Ministry of Human Services and Social Security – Child Care & Protection Agency (MHSSS-CPA) will be key affiliate to the implementation of this initiative since they have the legal mandate for the care and protection of vulnerable children in Guyana. The overall objective is to collaborate with the MHSSS-CPA to document and share learning and to advocate for stronger policies and practices for wider societal impact that ensure the new child protection legislations becomes operational for the protection of children to develop to their full potential free from abuse. ChildLinK has been working in collaboration with the MHSSS through the CPA since 2008 developing community based projects that address the needs of vulnerable children in Guyana. This project places emphasis on advocacy for prevention and policy strengthening specifically for children exposed to sexual violence.
Child Rights Alliance
The Child Rights Alliance aims to protect 6,000 children from child abuse and violence through sensitization, advocacy, lobbying and networking.
The overall aim of OneLife 3 is to build capacity and raise awareness of 5215 youths between the ages of 12 to 18 years and caregivers including teachers, PTA Executives, Schools Welfare Officers and parents on the issues of gender based violence (GBV) and its relations to HIV/AIDS in an effort to prevent and reduce violence against women and girls over an eighteen (18) months period.
Digital Storytelling Project allowed children ages 9 to 14 to tell their stories in creative way utilizing communicative media. Digital Storytelling allowed children to use their voice to share their experiences and promoted their participation in the field of child protection.
Empowering Children in Difficult Circumstances
The project aims to establish Child Advocacy Centres in Regions Three, Four and Five, which will provide social services for children who have been sexually abused. This project is a collaborative effort with the Ministry of Social Protection but will also realize active participation from the Guyana Police Force and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
Alternative Care Project
Alternative Care Project was implemented to build strong policies and systems which will facilitate the provision of social protection services for children in institutional care and children at risk of being separated from their family.
OneLife 2 aims to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, through the strengthening of the capacity of 640 in-school youth and 100 caregivers/parents giving them a better chance of developing within an enabling family environment to realise their fullest potential.
Increased public education and advocacy on sexual abuse against children in regions 2, 3, 4, 10 and Georgetown aimed at building the capacity of 270 primary school teachers and 270 PTA Executives to foster a culture of disclosure, preventing and protecting children from sexual abuse by the end of January 2012.
Kinship Care Project
Collaboration with the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Child Care and Protection Agency to reintegrate 75 children coming into state care and stop the separation of 225 at risk children in Guyana receiving parental care by enabling their rights to quality family life through advocacy, training of stakeholders and supportive services inclusive of psychosocial support and parenting skills education by the end of March 2014.
This project is implemented in 5 schools Agricola, St. Anne’s and Eccles Primary Schools in Agricola and its environs and West Ruimveldt and Ketley Primary Schools in the Ruimveldt community. The project was also extended to Houston through its outreach activities/support.
The project is aimed at empowering youth particularly those disadvantaged from St. Winifride’s Secondary, St. Mary’s Secondary, Dolphin Secondary, Tutorial High and Houston Community High School with the knowledge and skills to enable them to realise their full potential while creating a more violence free school.
Foster Care Project
Collaboration with the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Child Care and Protection Unit for the placement or reintegration of 105 children into foster/kinship care (25 new and 80 existing), thus giving them a chance to grow and develop to their full potential free from violence and abuse.