African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN)
ANPPCAN is a Pan-African network that promotes child rights and child protection in Africa. It was founded in 1986 in Enugu, Nigeria at the first Child Labour Conference. The organization has national chapters in 26 African countries and is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
Their mission is to create and enhance partnerships and other opportunities for the prevention and protection of children from all forms of maltreatment, thus ensuring the realization of children’s rights.
ANPPCAN’s 26 chapters respond to the specific needs of children in their countries by developing appropriate program interventions. The Regional Office implements national and regional interventions on children that include direct program intervention, advocacy on specific issues as well as networking and partnership building on issues affecting children in Africa.
A continent where children are free from all forms of maltreatment
To enhance, in partnership with others, the prevention and protection of children from all forms of maltreatment, thus ensuring that the rights of children are realized
ANPPCAN is registered in Kenya as an International non-governmental organisation. It has a regional board of directors and a board of trustees. The Regional Board comprises of the President, the Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary General, a Member and an Attorney. The Regional Director of ANPPCAN is the Secretary to the Regional Board. The Regional Board meets once in a year to transact the business of ANPPCAN. ANPPCAN Chapters have Country Advisory Boards.
Since its inception, ANPPCAN has collaborated with many organizations in implementing a wide range of programs on children. They strive to maintain close ties with organizations that are working to protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation. They maintain alliances with international organizations working in the children’s sector and partner with local organizations in implementing child focused interventions and to increase their capacity.
ANPPCAN has also worked closely with trade unions and Governments in the continent to champion children’s rights. In it’s relationship with partners, ANPPCAN is strictly guided by the principle of non-alignment and by general principles of humanity as reflected in our constitution. ANPPCAN salutes the following partners who have immensely assisted the organization to grow and develop into a truly child rights organisation in Africa:
a) Originators of ANPPCAN that nurtured ANPPCAN in her nascent years and helped her grow into a vibrant child protection network in Africa.
b) Programme-based partners that have partnered with ANPPCAN in the implementation of various child protection programmes in Africa
c) Institution-building partners who have empowerment the network in Africa by increasing the capacity of staff and that of ANPPCAN Regional Office and the Chapters as institutions
d) Key personalities who have supported ANPPCAN in programme activities and/or helped the organisation to build her institutional profile and structures
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