Profiles of Protectors

Citizens 4 Change do the right thing

Wangeci Irene

Where are you based?
I am from Nairobi and I live in Nairobi, Kenya.

What is your profession?
Independent Child Care Reform Advocacy and Senior Sales Assistant.

Why did you join Citizens 4 Change?
I joined by mere chance. I came across a call for a meeting of children protectors in East Africa on Twitter and thought it was a group I’d like to associate with and learn from, being the curious girl that I am. At the first meeting, I understood what the group was about and I made the decision that I would stay.

What motivates you to protect children?
If you are working on something that you really care about, you do not have to be pushed. I am motivated by the fact that there are children living in orphanages/child care institutions, compounded by the community’s lack of awareness on the further vulnerabilities these children are predisposed to by being in the orphanage. I find it interesting how child protection and what it encompasses is changing and evolving as we get informed by research findings.

What event have you enjoyed or found most useful so far?
I have found every meeting enjoyable, helpful and educative. There is always diversity going by what the members share in their pursuit to protect children. The input of Kate cannot go unmentioned; bringing in people to speak to us and her probing questions as we share, this brings out clarity and broadens our views.

Raphael Dennis

Raphael is a young protector who came to the attention of C4C as a result of his involvement with the Junior Council, popularly known as Baraza la Watoto. Raphael has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of children. He has conducted public education campaigns in Tanzania and even represented Tanzania in international forums for youth.

On completion of his A levels, Raphael volunteered with C4C’s sister organization, Community for Children’s Rights (CCR), to help build a community of protectors, with a specific focus on participation of children and young people. Raphael is about to embark on his higher education to pursue studies in Development Psychology to enable him to better serve his nation and community.

Raphael takes pride in being a Citizen 4 Change and we have no doubt his efforts will continue to grow effective communities of others that share his values. Shine on Raphael!

Irene Reyjoice

Irene is a student in Arusha, Tanzania. She is passionate about child protection and particularly about encouraging young people to use their time, skills and knowledge to change the world around them.

Irene feels strongly that it is her duty to advocate for a better future for children across East Africa and spent her school holidays volunteering with us to help identify more people in her community who are doing the right thing by children and young people.

Ephata Nanyaro

Hon. Ephata Nanyaro is one of the youngest elected officials in Tanzania. Hon. Nanyaro has served his community of Levolosi as a Councilor for the past eight years. He has a passion for protecting children and has been an active contributor to the C4C community.

He has also played a major role in agitating for political buy in on agendas related to children and young people in the Arusha City Council. One of the big businesses which is in Hon. Nanyaros ward is the main market in Arusha and he has worked hard to ensure that children are not working in the market place as he understands the risks they are exposed to in such an environment.

Having a C4C who uses their position to promote the importance of protecting children, as well as enforcing changes within communities, is incredibly effective and we hope more in positions such as Hon. Nanyaro’s will choose to do the same.

Josephine Jacob

Josephine cares about children and feels a responsibility as a young person to take action to make sure children have safe and violence free spaces in which to thrive.

As a student in Arusha, Tanzania, Josephine spent her summer holidays volunteering with Citizens 4 Change to help find more people who protect children, so that our community could grow.

Stephen Ucembe

Stephen is a young professional who also happens to be a care leaver. Stephen is passionate about fighting for the rights of care leavers around the world. He works with HHC in Kenya, advocating for the reform of laws and policies about the care of vulnerable children with an aim to strengthen family-based initiatives.

Stephen began his journey as a Citizen 4 Change when he came into contact with sister organization CCR. He was responsible for introducing the CCR team the DI agenda.

Peter Muthui

Peter works with Child in Family Focus, Kenya. The organization’s role is to make the public and stakeholders aware of the effects of institutional care and instead advocate for the use of family or community-based care options such as kinship care, adoption, foster care and guardianship.

Both Peter as an individual and the organization her works for sees these as much more effective ways, that are in the interests of the children and young people, when providing care and protection.

Peter is a proud Citizen 4 Change and advocates ensuring the voice and experience of care leavers is heard in order to influence the agenda and change the way we care for vulnerable children across East Africa.

Brina Salva

Brina is a young protector who came to the attention of CCR through her involvement with the junior council, popularly known as baraza la watoto. Brina has been at the fore of fighting for the rights of children and conducting public education campaigns in Tanzania.

Our first interactions with Brina while she was still in Primary school made quite the impression on us as she carries a flame for child protection and youth participation.

On completion of her o and A levels, Brina volunteered with CCR to help build up the community of protectors, with a specific focus on participation of children and young people. Brina brings her unique perspective on how young people can influence the world into her work and life.

Amani Reward

Amani is a parent and ace councillor in a Ward in Arusha. He is an avid child protection advocate and has been a strong supporter of CCR and the child protection agenda since his involvement in the urban governance project in 2017.

As an elected councillor in the local authorities, he has a responsibility to protect vulnerable children in his community – the Law of the Child Act places a responsibility on the local authorities to safeguard and promote the well being of children in their jurisdiction, and to provide assistance to vulnerable children within their jurisdiction.

Raphael Dennis

Raphael is a young protector who came to the attention of C4C as a result of his involvement with the Junior Council, popularly known as Baraza la Watoto. Raphael has been at the forefront of fighting for the rights of children. He has conducted public education campaigns in Tanzania and even represented Tanzania in international forums for youth. On completion of his A levels, Raphael volunteered with C4C’s sister organization, Community for Children’s Rights (CCR), to help build a community of protectors, with a specific focus on participation of children and young people. Raphael is about to embark on his higher education to pursue studies in Development Psychology to enable him to better serve his nation and community. Raphael takes pride in being a Citizen 4 Change and we have no doubt his efforts will continue to grow effective communities of others that share his values. Shine on Raphael!

Irene Reyjoice

Irene is a student in Arusha, Tanzania. She is passionate about child protection and particularly about encouraging young people to use their time, skills and knowledge to change the world around them. Irene feels strongly that it is her duty to advocate for a better future for children across East Africa and spent her school holidays volunteering with us to help identify more people in her community who are doing the right thing by children and young people.

Josephine Jacob

Josephine cares about children and feels a responsibility as a young person to take action to make sure children have safe and violence free spaces in which to thrive. As a student in Arusha, Tanzania, Josephine spent her summer holidays volunteering with Citizens 4 Change to help find more people who protect children, so that our community could grow.

Ephata Nanyaro

Hon. Ephata Nanyaro is one of the youngest elected officials in Tanzania. Hon. Nanyaro has served his community of Levolosi as a Councilor for the past eight years. He has a passion for protecting children and has been an active contributor to the C4C community. He has also played a major role in agitating for political buy in on agendas related to children and young people in the Arusha City Council. One of the big businesses which is in Hon. Nanyaros ward is the main market in Arusha and he has worked hard to ensure that children are not working in the market place as he understands the risks they are exposed to in such an environment. Having a C4C who uses their position to promote the importance of protecting children, as well as enforcing changes within communities, is incredibly effective and we hope more in positions such as Hon. Nanyaro’s will choose to do the same.

Stephen Ucembe

Stephen is a young professional who also happens to be a care leaver. Stephen is passionate about fighting for the rights of care leavers around the world. He works with HHC in Kenya, advocating for the reform of laws and policies about the care of vulnerable children with an aim to strengthen family-based initiatives. Stephen began his journey as a Citizen 4 Change when he came into contact with sister organization CCR. He was responsible for introducing the CCR team the DI agenda.

Peter Muthui

Peter works with Child in Family Focus, Kenya. The organization’s role is to make the public and stakeholders aware of the effects of institutional care and instead advocate for the use of family or community-based care options such as kinship care, adoption, foster care and guardianship. Both Peter as an individual and the organization her works for sees these as much more effective ways, that are in the interests of the children and young people, when providing care and protection. Peter is a proud Citizen 4 Change and advocates ensuring the voice and experience of care leavers is heard in order to influence the agenda and change the way we care for vulnerable children across East Africa.

Brina Salva

Brina is a young protector who came to the attention of CCR through her involvement with the junior council, popularly known as baraza la watoto. Brina has been at the fore of fighting for the rights of children and conducting public education campaigns in Tanzania. Our first interactions with Brina while she was still in Primary school made quite the impression on us as she carries a flame for child protection and youth participation. On completion of her o and A levels, Brina volunteered with CCR to help build up the community of protectors, with a specific focus on participation of children and young people. Brina brings her unique perspective on how young people can influence the world into her work and life.

Amani Reward

Amani is a parent and ace councillor in a Ward in Arusha. He is an avid child protection advocate and has been a strong supporter of CCR and the child protection agenda since his involvement in the urban governance project in 2017. As an elected councillor in the local authorities, he has a responsibility to protect vulnerable children in his community – the Law of the Child Act places a responsibility on the local authorities to safeguard and promote the well being of children in their jurisdiction, and to provide assistance to vulnerable children within their jurisdiction.

Protective Actions

Protectors give and take a moral stand

They give their resources. They give their time. They intervene when they see violations towards children. They persuade others of the rightness of their position. Protectors act in an emergency, on the spur of the moment to save lives.

Protectors interrupt violence

Protectors often act on the spur of the moment to stop excessive punishment, to prevent sexual assaults of children, or to remove a child from a situation of chronic neglect.

Protectors campaign

Protectors campaign to end early marriage, female genital mutilation, corporal punishment and to promote care of the most vulnerable children. They take on an issue of importance to them, raising awareness and challenging the perceptions of others.

Protectors save lives

In emergencies, such as accidents or illness, they respond. They give first aid, take children to hospital and donate blood. Day to day they help children cross the road and prevent domestic and avoidable accidents.

Protectors give and take a moral stand

They give their resources. They give their time. They intervene when they see violations towards children. They persuade others of the rightness of their position. Protectors act in an emergency, on the spur of the moment to save lives.

Protectors interrupt violence

Protectors often act on the spur of the moment to stop excessive punishment, to prevent sexual assaults of children, or to remove a child from a situation of chronic neglect.

Protectors campaign

Protectors campaign to end early marriage, female genital mutilation, corporal punishment and to promote care of the most vulnerable children. They take on an issue of importance to them, raising awareness and challenging the perceptions of others.

Protectors save lives

In emergencies, such as accidents or illness, they respond. They give first aid, take children to hospital and donate blood. Day to day they help children cross the road and prevent domestic and avoidable accidents.

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