Support vulnerable families and children in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Every year, Fondation Apprentis d’Auteuil International and Apprentis d’Auteuil in France help strengthen their partner’s skills, through workshops and conferences aimed at enhancing their expertise on how to best provide support vulnerable families and children living on the streets.
This Autumn, our partner, REEJER (Réseau des Educateurs des Enfants et Jeunes de la Rue or Street children and youth Educators’ Network) and Apprentis d’Auteuil, organised the 3rd knowledge community workshop in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo which was attended by 40 participants. Among those attending were representatives from organisations in REEJER’s network, civil society actors and people interested in child protection in their community such as heads of local social services or police officers.
These workshops create spaces for open discussions and knowledge sharing on the problems faced by all communities with regards to the protection of children in Kinshasa. The main topic of discussion was support for vulnerable families.
Over three days in a workshop facilitated by Christian Beau, the international programme manager for Families and parenting at Apprentis d’Auteuil, and France Paradis, a Canadian trainer in psychosocial intervention, the participants shared their experiences dealing with vulnerable families. This enabled them to explore the challenges and the vulnerability they feel in their own work and how to address this.