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St Rita’s Centre commissioned to promote child rights in Yendi Diocese

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The Most Reverend Matthew Yitiereh, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Yendi, has commissioned the St Rita’s Centre at Yendi to promote child rights. The centre, funded by the Archdiocese of Cologne in Germany and other Catholic organizations, includes office space, a guest room, and a chapel as part of the Yendi Child and Vulnerable Protection Project.

The project, which was launched last year by former Bishop of Yendi Diocese, Most Reverend Vincent Sowah Boi-Nai, aims to promote the rights of children and vulnerable persons in society. The St Rita’s Centre is currently running a two-year child rights sensitisation programme in some basic schools and communities within Yendi Diocese. So far, the centre has assisted abused children, provided legal assistance to defiled girls, and ensured that victims remained in school. The project has also supported inmates of Yendi Prison and rejected and despised persons in society.

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The Child and Vulnerable Protection Project is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, traditional leaders, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Education Service, and the media. The project aims to improve child protection practices and meaningful participation by children in decision-making and actions that concern them. About 2,250 children and vulnerable adults are set to benefit under the project, which will be implemented in 13 Catholic basic schools at Chereponi, six at Wulensi, six at Yendi, one in parishes and two institutions namely orphanages in the diocese located at Sang and Makayili.

In his remarks, Rev. Boi-Nai, the Founder of the Child and Vulnerable Protection Project, urged duty-bearers, civil society organisations, traditional authorities, and school authorities to support the project in delivering its mandate and services towards fighting against child abuse in Yendi. Naa Abdulai II, Paramount Chief of Kuga Traditional Council, called on partners and community members to support the Yendi Child and Vulnerable Protection Project to free children from abuse, forced labour, and conflict.

For the most part, the commissioning of St Rita’s Centre and the launch of the Yendi Child and Vulnerable Protection Project are significant steps towards promoting child rights in Yendi Diocese. The project is crucial in fighting against child abuse, ensuring children’s protection, and promoting their rights in society. The project’s implementation partners will play a vital role in achieving the project’s goals, and community support is needed to free children from abuse, forced labour, and conflict.

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