Clay for Children’s Rights, by Joel, aged 15

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The art for children rights project

imageMy name is ATUBE JOEL the member of the Butterfly Project from northern Uganda KITGUM DISTRICT studying in Kitgum High School. I am 15 years old making 16 in June the 27th 2013.

Since I’m from the disadvantageous remote society where children rights are not well cared for and I am one of the children whose rights were not well cared for, I decided to start my own project THE ART FOR CHILDREN RIGHTS PROJECT. This project aims at helping the children from different part of the country not to go through the same problem I experienced. Actually the I went through the problems like child abuse in some circumstances like

1> Over beating and corporal punishments by the parents due to any little mistake in the home. This beating is sometimes caused due to the poverty of the family when the parents doesn’t want any annoying mistake and this makes them to harm the children by beating them

2> Over working the children for example doing the hard works like the quarry work. To be with the truth I myself was once the child working in the quarry site in Kalongo where I lived till my father passed away in 2009, so for this made me to start the project to improve on the right of the other children so that they don’t face the same forms of child abuse I went through.

To add on to that I also faced the problem of proper schooling. When my father passed away, in 2009 I sat for my PLE and in the other year 2010 I was supposed to go for senior school but I had no school fees so these problems made me to repeat the class in the village where Ben Parkinson found me and made me what I am today. For these I give him respect and honor together with thanks. I also thanking the sponsor of my project together with school sponsor for helping me and the project to advance, continue helping me and the project so that am able to make other children succeed in their lives and change the country

So, in this project I have managed to make the art pieces for children rights improvement and making the notice advocating about the children rights and also making the videos to sensitize people for better living of the children as the future of the country.

SOME OF THE FORMS OF CHILD ABUSES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING

2>Defilement. This is the abusing of the child sexually by some older ones.

3>Child sacrifice. Is the process of offering the child to the witch doctors or the undersea gods in order to get riches. Some of the children are also beheaded by some of the sacrificers due to the demand of the witch doctors.

4>Raping. The issue of catching the child by force to have sex.

5> denial from schooling

6>denial from food

7>child neglect

There are many rights each child possess in the country as follow:

Right to eat, schooling, right to good clothing, right to be close to the family members, right for proper medication,

SOME OF THE RESULTS OF CHILD ABUSE

Leads to the growth in the number of the street children because after being mistreated the child he or she will decide to leave the home

Child sacrifice leads to the death of the children before they reach their age of helping the parents and these denied the child life.

How the project is doing to advance the information over the communities to help sensitize the improvement of the children rights:

>>we always draw and paint the pictures concerning the child abuses in the communities and make some of the posters to teach the people on how to handle their children for their well being in the future, and also making some of the collages or kind of craft works to make our works easier as shown below.

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So, in the above crafts we come up with different forms of child abuses to teach the people in the community examples.

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This shows the drunkard father. Drunkardness always leads to very many home misunderstanding like

Divorce in the home between man and the woman (parents) and this makes the child to fear living in the home and also denial of the child. So for this makes no proper care to the child.

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This shows the man seriously beating the child for the single mistake and the child is asking for forgiveness

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This shows the child being given heavy load which is not good for the health of the child.

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This show a man abusing the child sexually which is defilement case.

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This shows the child being sacrificed by the parent having the knife in the hand to kill him in order to get wealth.

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This shows the child herding the cattle in the bush instead of going to the school. This means he has been denied schooling.

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This shows the child with the fingers being burnt because of stealing the 1000 shillings [25p/15c]. This practice are always done by the step parents of the child.

>>we also advanced to start making the videos with the kids of Acholi quarter to tell some of their life stories on how they are mistreated in any form of child abuse in the community he or she is living.

We are also looking forward to starting the writing of the articles and sending to the news paper to make the information from the project advance to the other parts of the country to make the people from different parts also understand about the project so as to make them support the children around them.

On top of that I as the manager of the project also started to make some sensitization in the village where I live and some understanding people are very happy for them. Some children in the village also became confident to talk over their rights in the communities they live.

IF YOU ARE THE ONE CONCERN IN THE COMMUNITY EXAMPLE LC 1 [local council chair person] WHAT WOULD YOU DO FOR THE IMPROVEMENT ON THE CHILDREN RIGHTS?

PLEASE LET’S JOINT HAND TOGETHER FOR THE CHILDREN

PLEASE SUPPORT THIS PROJECT TO MAKE CHILDREN RIGHT AND LIVES EASY FOR SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE

CHANGE IS ME,

IT’S YOU, IT’S US.

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