Jeff - KidsRights
“Everyone has a part to play. We have the power. I did it, you can do it too!” 
Name

Jeff

Country of origin
Kenya
Current country
Kenya
Age
17
Theme:

Starting from a young age, Jeff suffered from jiggers. Jiggers are little insects that nestle themselves under your skin and lay eggs there. This inflames the skin, which has significant consequences for your health. Because of the infection in his feet and buttocks, Jeff often could not go to school, as he was not able to sit or walk properly. Many children and adults in Jeff’s neighborhood have the same problems.

When Jeff was 9, he decided to take action. What did he do to fight against the jiggers? Read more about Jeff’s changemaking project here.

In the future, Jeff wants to keep helping both children and adults to change their lives. His mission is to put a smile on everyone’s face.

Highlights

Violence
SEARCH: against violence in Liberia
Liberian Abraham M. Keita, also known as Keita, is the International Children's Peace Prize Winner of 2015. He fights for justice for children who have been victims of (sexual) violence. Not only because violence against children is common in Liberia, but also because Keita has had to experience it up close. Read more about Keita's courageous battle To support Keita in his fight, we searched for local project partners with the same goal. This resulted in a long-term collaboration with project partner SEARCH, an organization that works against violence against children in Liberia.
Violence
YOCEL: against violence in Liberia
Liberian Abraham M. Keita, better known as Keita, is the International Children's Peace Prize Winner of 2015. He fights for justice for children who have been victims of (sexual) violence. This is too common in Liberia; Keita has even seen it happening in his neighborhood.  Read more about Keita's courageous battle  To support Keita in his fight, we searched for local project partners with the same goal. This resulted in a long-term collaboration with project partner YOCEL, an organization that works against violence against children in Liberia.
Education
L3C = Lee: Comprence, Crea y Comparte
What is the problem? Kabir is convinced that education is the solution to many of the world’s problems. Through reading and gaining knowledge, children can develop to be sophisticated youngsters and adults.   The problem is that there are not many children in Kabir’s neighborhood who can read properly. Even if they can read, they often do not understand what is written. Comprehensive reading skills are very important. Kabir believes that Peru is one of the worst countries in the world in this specific area and research studies have confirmed it. Kabir wants to change this and that’s why he took action.   What is Kabir’s solution? Kabir initiated the project: L3C (Lee: Comprence, Crea y Comparte), which stands for understand, make and share. Through this project children can learn to read better in a playful way, for example using music and games.   Four lectures per month are given at different schools. Due to these lectures dynamic reading clubs and study groups are set-up by the headmaster and the focus is on Child Rights, Peace and sustainable development.   What is the goal? The goal is to be able to reach at least 2.000 pupils with this project from the primary- and high school.   How will Kabir work? Kabir will run the project himself and make sure that all goes according to plan. He will organize the lectures and take care of the books. He believes it is going to be a challenge to keep the children reading. Who does Kabir need? ·         The Minister of Education and Human Rights. ·         Local Youth Organizations. What does Kabir need? ·         A good working relationship with the Government, schools and Youth Organizations. ·         Contact with other changemakers who are working on similar projects. ·         Tips and support from KidsRights.
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