After identifying the needs in the area, they started building strong relationships with the wider community including local leaders, teachers and parents, supporting them to establish six voluntary Child Protection Teams for the 39 villages in the Lopoko sub county.
26-year-old mother of two Maria, was elected and joined one of the newly formed Child Protection teams in her area. Since joining the team, she has proved to be a very committed and active member who leads by example to help make her community safer for the children who live there.
Like many Karamajongs, Maria lives in a village where open defecation is common practice, which is a danger to both children and adults, but especially to children whose immune systems are not fully developed, and who are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition caused by frequent bouts of diarrhoea. After becoming a Child Protection Team member, Maria attended various training sessions and activities organised by Children on the Edge Africa, and participated in community discussions. The hygiene and sanitation training encouraged community members to dig pit latrines, and as Maria learned more about their importance, she decided to construct one at her home.
Find out more about our work with the communities in Karamoja here.