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Kenya, EU launch child protection program

07 May 2014, 16:28

Nairobi - Kenya and the European Union on Wednesday launched a child protection program aimed at eradicating violence against children in the country.

The program will be implemented in nine counties across the country for 3 years, targeting a total of 25 statutory children's institutions, 63 charitable children's institutions and 181 formal and non-formal primary schools.

"This is part of the EU's package of development partnership to help the most vulnerable in Kenya," EU Ambassador to Kenya Lodewijk Briet said in Nairobi.

"We are also providing healthcare for hundreds of thousands of mothers and new-born children and supporting small scale, community-led development through more than a thousand projects."

Briet said the EU will be working in partnership with Kenyan educational and justice institutions to reduce all forms of violence against children across nine counties of Kenya.

As a part of a multi-billion-shilling fight against child violence, the projects will run over three years and will benefit five hundred thousand children, including a quarter of a million living in Nairobi's slums.

The program will include support to children with disabilities, those subjected to the practice known as transactional sex and also provide legal services to children in need. EU are providing 5.8 million U.S. dollars to carry out this work in Kenya.

- Xinhua

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