and youth promotion
Our expertise has been acknowledged for many years in respect of combating inter-country child trafficking, child prostitution and sex tourism and protecting street children (India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailande). Progress is being made in other countries in South-East Asia (e.g. Laos and Vietnam).
The South Asia sub-region comes under the responsibility of our branch in India, as well as our country office in Pakistan, which manage a partnership, a technical assistance service and a network of more than 40 local NGOs and 110 grassroots community organizations.
We were the initiators of the very first programme to combat the sexual exploitation of children in Madagascar, where we operate directly: public information campaign, support and rehabilitation of young girl victims of prostitution, advocacy and training for private and institutional actors. .
We also work to combat child prostitution and sexual violence against children in badly affected East, Southern and Central African countries such as Ethiopie, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
In West Africa, the seat of cross-border migration, we focus on the drama of exploited Talibes (children from Koranic schools often forced into begging) and street children, especially girls: a regional rather than national strategy allows us to work in a consistent, co-ordinated and therefore more effective way across countries facing common challenges (Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Benin, Guinea Bissau and Mauritania.
We have been involved for many years, in partnership with a dozen or so local NGOs, in combating the sexual exploitation of children and sex tourism in the north-east of Brazil . A code of conduct has been adopted by the major players in the tourist and hotel sector and innovative methodologies in terms of prevention and psychosocial support have been developed and built on.
A regional support office is taking up new challenges throughout Latin America.
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In Morocco, we are working to protect street children in Casablanca and Marrakesh, who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence, and to promote school attendance in the shanty towns, placing schools at the heart of the protection scheme. We also focus on training and integration of young people to combat various forms of marginalization and extremism.
Our regional programme for the entire Arabic-speaking area, supported by our local team based in Rabat, is designed to counter taboos and to alert and educate key players about the issue of child abuse and violence (especially in Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, the Autonomous Palestinian territories, Lebanon and Yemen.