OUR HUMAN RIGHTS BASED RESPONCE
RISE strongly believes that to eradicate child marriages among girls, eradicate all gender based violence and advance social justice and and human rights and quality education is a necessary precondition for development in our communities and society.RISE seeks to improve girls education in the coming 5 years by eradicating the above main risk factors that influence their school drop outs and provide services that make it possible for girls to attendant remain in school. Through participatory Human rights education and advocacy RISE is working at removing the cultural, social and economic barriers to girls education in marginalized villages with a focus of increasing girls attendance at primary and secondary levels, retention in school and reduce the number of drop-outs among girls.
This is being done by working with schools, parents and guardians, community leaders and the girls themselves to ensure that they are directly involved in the projects that would help to improve the quality of their lives. RISE is promoting the right to education for the girl child and other vulnerable children through creation of partnerships, provision of bursaries and also continuous carrier guidance, counselling and mentorship for these children and young people
Figure 10: promoting the rights of Girls and Young people to access Education.
Figure 11: Human rights education using participatory methodologies as one way of contributing to the human rights based culture in Malawi.
TERTIARY EDUCATION AS A HUMAN RIGHT
Figure 12: Right to education being promoted for disadvantaged young people. RISE provides full bursaries for these young people at Colleges in Malawi.
Figure 13: Young Malawians at college levels: RISE is promoting their rights to education by providing them full scholarships at the University and College level.
PROMOTING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS-PROGRAMMES LINKING HIV/AIDS AND RIGHTS(Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights for women, girls and young women living with HIV/AIDS and other Young people
In Malawi, HIV/AIDS continues to perpetuate a vicious cycle of human rights denial for the most social vulnerable especially women, girls and children. HIV infection is disproportionately female, younger women are particularly affected. Young people are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS in Malawi particularly girls and young women. 10.6 percent of adults (15-49 yr) are HIV positive.Women represent 57 percent of HIV positive adults. And,12.6 percent of girls aged 15-24 yr are HIV positive compared to 8.1 percent of young men. Girls living with the virus drop out of school and their right to education is denied due to stigma and overt hostility and unintended pregnancies due to lack of sexual reproductive health(SRH)information and life skills.A few adolescents have primary prevention information. Currently, Mother-child transmissions constitutes roughly 30 percent of all HIV infections in Malawi, which simply means that 30,000 children are born with the virus every year. Without integrated interventions at the family and community levels, half of these children will die before their first birthday. Despite these facts women
Figure 14: capacity building women community educators in PMTCT.
Figure 15: Direct women engagement in Sexual Reproductive Health Rights
HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION AND AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGNS
IAt the core of the RISE Malawi programme design and implementation is the strong desire to contribute to the creation of a human rights based culture across communities in Malawi. RISE-Malawi straggly believe that communities and individuals can only be truly empowered not only by being provided services but also by educating them about their rights so that they know their responsibilities, the responsibilities of duty bearers and empowered to be able to demand services not only from RISE but from other players as well like their government, policy makers, their political representatives service providers like schools, health care facilities and others. RISE Malawi believes that the myriad problems and human rights abuses suffered by women, girls and children cannot be sustainably dealt with by quick-fixes but by an integrated and malt faceted approach that include capacity building for different stakeholders,advocacy for better policy and legal environment, human rights education for individuals and communities and awareness raising on human rights and popularization of available national and international legal instruments use to promote and protect human rights. RISE-Malawi is doing this through capacity building in human eights education for Community Based Organizations we are empowering, outreach awareness raising campaigns, direct engagement with women, boys, girls and children in their rights.
Figure 16: Raising awareness on women and girls' rights through drama, public speeches and theatre for development.
Figure 17: RISE Malawi provide human rights education right at the community level through monthly community rights discussion forums.
Figure 18: Community engagement on their rights to empower them know their rights and demand development,transparency and accountability from duty bearers
PROMOTING CHILD RIGHTS TO EDUCATION-PRE SCHOOL AGE AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT INTERVETIONS
At RISE we strongly believe that all stages of human growth are important and directly linked to the universality of child rights, with each stage including specific milestones of progress.However, early childhood which encompasses birth to 8 years, is considered to be the most critical foundation stages of growth and development and an effective tool for the promotion of child rights from household and community perspectives.At RISE, we use the term "Early Childhood Development"(ECD). ECD is used to refer to the processes by which children grow and thrive, physically,socially,emotionally and cognitively during this period.These early years have a longer lasting impact on the full life course than any other period.This is even more critical for marginalized and disadvantaged children whose educational rights continue to be denied. RISE is working with community based organizations in ensuring that the right to education for children is addressed and promoted holistically and that it needs to be done right from the start.RISE has constructed community based child care centres, provision of clean and safe water through drilling boreholes. RISE is also providing training and mentoring community-based care givers in child rights and early childhood development and advocating for more investment in the child in Malawi by duty bearers.
Figure 19: Enhancing access to quality ECD services to rural children: Children receiving porridge after ECD session.
Figure 20:The sad situation before the RISE intervention. A community relied on this shallow well for water and sanitation. A woman takes water from this unsafe and unprotected source of water.
Figure 21: Transformational Change: After the RISE intervention the borehole was constructed and this water point has brought immense change in this village called where now people are accessing safe and clean water improving both their wellbeing and health.
IMPROVING HEALTH AND WELL BEING BY PROVIDING SAFE AND CLEAN WATER FOR CBCCS AND COMMUNITIES
RISE has an intergrated approach to its community empowerment:To achieve this, RISE ensures that, where resources allow we provide both the Community center and also the much needed clean and safe water for the children and the community as whole. To achieve this, boreholes have been constructed in villages working with RISE.These bore holes provides portable water for children in Community Based Child Care Centres and community at large. Under this project in 2015 alone, the boreholes supply water for 1, 250 households and 1,855 community members at Mtambo village, 96 households and 480 community members at Chimwaza village, 360 house holds and 2,631 community members at Mngwangwa village, 176 households and 380 community members at Kalimbira village, 150 households and 750 community members at Mvugo village, 175 households and 875 community members at Kamangira village, 215 households and 1075 community members at Kudooko village and 459 households and 3676 community members. These boreholes have contributred much towards reduction of water borne infection outbreaks like cholera and diarrhoae due to clean and portable water supplied by these boreholes.