The Cece Yara Foundation, a leading, a child-focused and non-profit organization which focuses on child sexual abuse prevention in Nigeria on Thursday, August 1st, 2019, hosted its open day at her Child Advocacy Centre.
The Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre was established to bring all the resources, services and expertise required to respond to Child Sexual Abuse in one location & in line with worldwide best practices. Their goal is to provide support and advocacy services to children currently being sexually abused or who are at risk and to prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Nigeria.
The open day became necessary for convening intending donors and partners who are active players in their field to meet, greet, learn about how The Cece Yara Foundation supports children who have been sexually abused or are at risk. In two years since its launch, the foundation has received over 10,000 calls through its free 24/7 Child Helpline, carried out over 1500 telephone and physical counseling sessions and trained over 10,000 children through its Safe Kids Awareness Program. Of about 500 reported cases of child abuse, the foundation has facilitated the arrest and charge of over 40 child predators to court for criminal offenses and secured 3 convictions.
The foundation’s adult awareness program has empowered about 400 adult change-makers to prevent child sexual abuse within their communities and schools and recently, opened a satellite Community Child Centre in Ajegunle to provide for the community.
The founder trustee, Bola Tinubu, in her statement said
“Our vision to see a Nigeria free from child sexual abuse is a really big dream and we still have a long way to go. The support of everyone in varying capacities will be very helpful in stopping and preventing this epidemic called “child sexual abuse”.
She then seized the opportunity to appreciate both the existing and intending donors and partners for their support towards a community free of child sexual abuse. The well-meaning Nigerians were admonished not to wait for the next open day to pledge their support for the foundation.
About The Cece Yara Foundation
The Cece Yara Foundation is a child-centered, non-profit organization established in 2016 to prevent child sexual abuse and provide access to care, information, protection and emergency intervention for children who are sexually abused or at risk, and their family.
The Foundation provides the ideal response to children through a 24-hour free telephone helpline and its “child-friendly” Child Advocacy Centre based in Lagos, which provides professional counseling, medical, legal and psycho-social support, as well as referral services. The Foundation also conducts prevention programs for children and adults to raise the awareness of sexual abuse, and to educate adults on how to protect children from it.
The Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre is located at 2A, Akin-Ogunmade Davies Close, Gbagada Phase 2, Gbagada, Lagos.