Centre for Indigineous Child Rights (CICR) is a Community Based Organization (CBO), registered with ministry of gender and social development in West Pokot County. CICR is a non – profit making organization in nature, non – political, non – denominational / religious, development oriented, equal participation, gender sensitive and observance to human rights, democracy and governance as well as advocating for climate change initiatives. CICR was registered as a CBO in the year 2019 to widen its area of coverage and activities to benefit larger Pokot community and its people. It has been working mostly with women and youth groups, opinion and religious leaders, elected and appointed leaders, orphans, widows to ensure that they get the required services provided by both government and non-governmental organizations according to new Kenyan Constitution 2010 in order to achieve vision 2030 through advocating for their rights. CICR is a community initiative with a sole aim of supporting Kenyan Government to achieve gender equality and women empowerment through fighting for the abandonment of FGM/C, CEFM and SGBV and we also engage local communities on development programmes and supporting the local
communities and County government to achieve their development goals through addressing the development gaps at grass root level with pragmatic community partnership. Centre for Indigenous Child Rights (CICR) enjoys an excellent record of accomplishment of innovative and effective work with grassroot citizens/ local communities, the County Government and development partners in improving the quality, effectiveness and delivery of services and practices through application of research, lobby and advocacy, capacity buildings /training, awareness creation and adapted interventions. In order to achieve our strategic objectives, we engage awareness creation at all levels on issues of child early and forced marriage (CEFM), Female genital mutilation / cutting (FGM/C), sexual gender-based violence (SGBV) among other forms of gender Issues, based violence women and girlchild empowerment, peace building and conflict transformation, capacity building, guiding and counselling, rights advocacy
The goal of CICR is to contribute in improving the living standard of the vulnerable communities of Kenya through community mobilization, capacity building, advocacy & strengthening of institutions at the grass root level.
The following are our latest activities
the power of water
With the generous support of Signpost International, we are proud to be actively engaged in the implementation of the Power of Water project in the community of Tunoyo. Our primary objective is to provide sustainable access to clean water by drilling boreholes. This initiative is a vital step towards improving the overall quality of life in Tunoyo by ensuring that community members have a readily available source of safe drinking water.
Moreover, our efforts extend beyond simply providing clean water. We are committed to maximizing the impact of this invaluable resource by fostering economic empowerment within the community. By making clean water easily accessible, we aim to empower the community to engage in various economic activities that can uplift their livelihoods. This includes initiatives like small-scale agriculture, livestock farming, and local enterprises, all of which can thrive with the availability of clean water.
In our quest to address not only immediate needs but also the long-term well-being of Tunoyo, we have launched an extensive awareness campaign on climate change. This education initiative is designed to inform and engage community members in discussions about the critical environmental challenges we face. Understanding the implications of climate change, its effects on their lives, and the steps they can take to mitigate its impact is an essential part of our holistic approach.
Furthermore, we have established a tree nursery in Tunoyo as part of our commitment to environmental sustainability. Reforestation and the preservation of natural ecosystems are pivotal aspects of combating climate change. Our tree nursery will serve as a hub for the cultivation of indigenous tree species, ensuring the restoration and preservation of the local environment. This initiative is not only a step toward climate change mitigation but also a way to promote biodiversity, combat soil erosion, and contribute to the overall health of the ecosystem.
Through the Power of Water project, we aspire to create a lasting impact on Tunoyo and empower its residents not only with clean water but also with knowledge and resources to address the pressing challenges of our time. We firmly believe that by working together, we can build a brighter and more sustainable future for Tunoyo and its inhabitants.members and established a tree nursery
journey towards gbv free communities
Through support of the Samburu Women Trust through the NAAPU fund, we are currently undertaking a project with the aim of creating safer communities in West Pokot, free from the scourge of gender-based violence (GBV). Our commitment to this cause stems from the findings of a comprehensive baseline survey, which starkly revealed that West Pokot continues to grapple with various forms of GBV.
Our project is designed to address the root causes of GBV, reduce its incidence, and provide support to those affected. We believe that every individual, regardless of their gender, deserves to live in a community free from violence and discrimination. Through the collaborative efforts made possible by this initiative, we are determined to create a more secure and inclusive environment in West Pokot.
Our work in West Pokot encompasses a multi-faceted approach that includes community education, the provision of resources, and support systems. By raising awareness about the harmful effects of GBV and promoting gender equality, we hope to foster a climate of respect, understanding, and empathy within the community.
Additionally, we are establishing structures and programs that empower individuals to recognize, report, and seek help when confronted with GBV. Furthermore, our project places a strong emphasis on offering assistance and rehabilitation to survivors of GBV, ensuring that they receive the support they need to heal and rebuild their lives.
We firmly believe that this endeavor will contribute to lasting change in West Pokot, making it a place where individuals can live without fear, and where the rights and dignity of all community members are upheld and protected.
Through support of Signpost International we are currently implementing PoDE project in Nakwijit area in West Pokot targeting rural uneducated women. We are piloting with 30 women forming 3 groups of 10 women each. The groups are being trained on three activities: Poultry value chain, honey processing and kitchen garden.
The women groups are also trained on governance, enterprise and financial management
During the 16 days of activism, we will be holding ARP targeting 200 grils, 30 elders, 50 young men and 30 women. We will also conduct 2-day roadshow to campaign to end FGM in West Pokot targeting Poko