One Scripture that propels our partnership forward is Proverbs 31:8-9. We feel the directive is clear: “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.” Justice matters to God, and it should matter to us. Our love for these children flows from our awareness of God’s love for them and His desire for us to be His hands and feet, proactively speaking up and doing something about the injustices that face Africa’s children.
Below are the objectives of A Child’s Voice and Child Advocacy Africa. Each organization plays a slightly different role, but our partnership is very close. Essentially, A Child’s Voice exists to support and promote the work of Child Advocacy Africa on the ground in Africa (Uganda, specifically, at this time). Our collective goal is the same: to advocate for the protection and rights of orphans and vulnerable children through social policy, education and family empowerment.
A Child’s Voice objectives:
- To advocate for Africa’s orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) through partnership with indigenous leaders who are champions for the rights of children in their own country.
- To raise public awareness about the plight of OVCs in Africa and relevant issues affecting their welfare, not limited to, and in no particular order: family reunification, ethical and unethical adoptions, orphan tourism, institutionalization, alternative care, trafficking.
- To mobilize resources (financial support, expertise, personal investment) to meet the operational needs of our partners.
Child Advocacy Africa objectives:
- To protect children from finding themselves placed in alternative care unnecessarily.
- To support efforts to keep children in, or return them to, the care of their family. If these endeavors fail, we advocate to find other appropriate and permanent solutions for children – which includes adoption.
- To ensure that the most suitable forms of alternative care are identified and provided for children while permanent solutions are being sought, under conditions that promote the child’s full development.
- To advocate for orphans and vulnerable children and ensure that every institutionalized child is taken care of in accordance with the Law.
- To ensure that out-of-home care for children is provided in appropriate conditions and in response to the child’s rights, needs and best interests.
- To assist and encourage the Government of Uganda to better implement its responsibilities and obligations in these respects, bearing in mind the economic, social and cultural conditions prevailing.
- To guide policies, decisions and activities of all concerned with social protection and child welfare, in both the public and the private sectors, including civil society.