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Handing/Taking over Ceremony of Child Protection Unit Held in Jacobabad

Handing/Taking over ceremony took place in office of the Deputy Commissioner, Jacobabad where handing/taking over document was signed between the Mr. Tahir Iqbal, CEO-LRF and Mr. Abdul Waheed Sheikh, Secretary Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh. A file was presented to Secretary containing all progress reports, copies of MOUs, list of stakeholders and list of assets handed over to CPU now hosted by Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh. During the handing/taking over ceremony, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jacobabad, Mr. Adeel Ahmed; Senior Program Manager of Save the Children Pakistan Mr. Adeel Ahmed; Deputy Director, Social Welfare Department district Jacobabad Ms. Masooma Zuhra Jamali and other officials were also present.

During handing/taking over ceremony, Mr. Tahir Iqbal, CEO-LRF expressed his views that LRF has put its best efforts to established CPU and Child Protection Desks in Jacobabad and operate the CPU for three years in which more than 1800 cases of child protection issues were resolved by the LRF CPU team. Furthermore, he added that LRF has also trained 300 teachers on positive disciplining; mobilized parents, community members, SMCs and children on children rights, child protection issues.

Mr. Adeel Ahmed, Senior Program Manager, Save the Children International shared his views that Save the Children is implementing child protection project through its local partners since 2017 under which 4 state of the art CPUs have been established and handed over to the Sindh Child Protection Authority, 02 in 2018, 01 in 2019 and 4th CPU in Jacobabad that is being handed over to day. He wished that the Sindh Child Protection Authority, Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh continue the services at CPUs and strengthen more in best the interest of children.

Mr. Abdul Waheed Sheikh, Secretary Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh showed his commitment to protect children from abuse, violence and exploitation, and trained officers. He promised to utilized department’s staff to make the CPUs well-functioning. Furthermore, he thanked Save the children and Legal Rights Forum for supporting SCPA in providing services and establishment of CPUs in four district of Sindh, which he think was great support by both organizations.