HFHM takes Safeguarding awareness meetings to communities.
On 5th May 2022, HFHM sensitized the local leaders in Group Village Head Gwirize in TA Kabudula in Lilongwe on principles of safeguarding which the organization follows. The community was oriented on how HFHM staff and its agents are expected to respect and safeguard the rights and dignities of all people especially vulnerable adults and children from exploitation and abuse. The meeting was attended by Village Development Committee (VDC), Community Based Organization, Local artisans, Beneficiaries, Chiefs, and members of the Madando Committee (Complaints and Feedback Committee).
The Chairperson of the Gwirize VDC, Saidi Malikebu was impressed with the safeguarding meeting and the principles shared during the meeting. “The safeguarding principles shared in this meeting will guide us as we work with HFHM to ensure that projects do not harm partners, beneficiaries, and community members that are served while providing transformational and sustainable community development through shelter”, he said.
Safeguarding is preventing and responding to harm caused by physical or sexual abuse or exploitation, harassment, or bullying of the people in the communities. HFHM is mainstreaming the protection and safeguarding in its programming. HFHM opposes to any form of discrimination, exploitation, and abuse, including slavery, coerced conscription, prostitution, trafficking of persons for any purpose, vulnerable adult, or child abuse.