Trace Kenya is a national Counter Trafficking in Persons NGO based in Mtwapa, in the outskirts of Mombasa, Kilifi County, coast region, Kenya. Trace Kenya was established in 2006. It serves, for now the counties of Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta; working with:

a)      Children – unaccompanied children, street connected children, children in unsafe migration, refugee children, internally displaced children, children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation and facing worst forms of child labour. Trace Kenya seeks to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate these children through family reunions and community settlement.

b)      Youth – at risk of forced labor and sexual exploitation, unsafe migrants, youth at risk of modern day slavery, forced labour and trafficking for exploitative purposes.

c)      Women and persons with disabilities - who are most vulnerable populations facing human trafficking in Kenya for commercial sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and street begging and other forms of human exploitation.

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Who we are

Trace Kenya is a national Counter Trafficking in Persons NGO based in Mtwapa, in the outskirts of Mombasa, Kilifi County, coast region, Kenya. Trace Kenya was established in 2006. It serves, for now the counties of Tana River, Kilifi, Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta; working with:

  1. Children – unaccompanied children, street connected children, children in unsafe migration, refugee children, internally displaced children, children at risk of commercial sexual exploitation and facing worst forms of child labour. Trace Kenya seeks to rescue, rehabilitate and reintegrate these children through family reunions and community settlement.
  2. Youth – at risk of forced labor and sexual exploitation, unsafe migrants, youth at risk of modern day slavery, forced labour and trafficking for exploitative purposes.
  3. Women and persons with disabilities - who are most vulnerable populations facing human trafficking in Kenya for commercial sexual exploitation, labour exploitation and street begging and other forms of human exploitation.

 

Vision

A world in which child exploitation; human trafficking; and modern day slavery is eliminated and human dignity restored.

 

Mission

Trace Kenya works with individuals, communities, partners, institutions and organizations to counter the trafficking of persons in Kenya and thus fight modern day slavery.

 

Motto

Restoring dignity

 

Values

  • Transparent & Accountable
  • Respect for human rights
  • Accessible to the communities we serve
  • Compassion and solidarity
  • Empathy with vulnerable

 

Strategic plans 2015 -2018

In the year 2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan, Trace Kenya hopes to increase jurisdiction to Bungoma, Nairobi and Isiolo counties, which have been identified as source areas for many of the children trafficked into the coastal region. This strategic growth is meant to reach source areas for children trafficking in particular, in an effort to stem the alarming number of children trafficked into the coast from these counties. Further future plans entail moving into Busia, Migori, Trans Nzoia and Samburu counties, and finally spreading nationally.

Trace Kenya – restoring dignity

 

 

Trace Kenya works in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi districts, Coast Province- Kenya. 

Programes 

1.0 Policy Advocacy Programs

1.1. Counter trafficking Project (2010)

Besides lobbying and advocating for policy change at the national level, Trace Kenya works with community based organizations in Mombasa, Mariakani, Ukunda and Mtwapa to mobilize, advocate, sensitize and build capacity of community embers and organizations on counter trafficking. This is an ongoing program. Currently the Counter Trafficking Bill 2010 has just gone through the third reading in parliament (Thursday 15th. July 2010), and is awaiting presidential assent to become law. Trace Kenya participated in the development of the documentary that helped highlight the issues on trafficking with The Cradle. This documentary was aired widely in the Kenyan electronic media.

 

1.2. Education Policies (since 2006)

On education policy, Trace Kenya is a member of the national education policy advocates, the Elimu Yetu Coalition (EYC). Trace Kenya is also a member of the Coalition for the Promotion and Development of the Child (COPDEC), an Early Childhood Development (ECD) network and a member of the EYC - ECD thematic arm. The Trace Kenya Executive Director was the founder member and coordinator of COPDEC for four years and remains the ECD policy advocacy advisor for the network.

 

2.0 Child Rights Programs

2.1. Counter Trafficking work

Trace Kenya has been able to rescue, and support the reunification of trafficked children with their families in Mombasa, and Ukunda since 2006. The latest case happened in June 2010. With partners, Trace Kenya supports the education, rehabilitation and counseling of the children rescued from trafficking, abuse, neglect, or abandonment in Kwale and Mombasa. 

2.2. Sexual and labor exploitation (2010)

In Mtwapa, (Kilifi district) cases of trafficking for child labor, child prostitution, domestic servitude, and sexual exploitation are rife. Trace Kenya works with partners based in Bomani, Kikambala, to ensure the elimination of child labor and sexual exploitation of children in Kilifi district. 

2.3 Children with Disability (2010)

In partnership with Special Needs Empowerment Program (SNEP) International coast region, Trace Kenya is at the centre of seeking solutions to the issues affecting persons with disabilities and street children beggars in Mombasa. Two programs, one on governance and youth empowerment and another on the beggar issues have been designed. The Empowerment program commences July 2010.

 

2.4 Street Family Project (2010)

Mombasa has close to 16,000 street children (as at 2006). Some of these children are in the street as a result of being victims of trafficking and are indeed vulnerable to trafficking for sexual exploitation, especially sodomy for the bys. In partnership with Furaha Phonix Home, Trace Kenya is actively participating in identifying and seeking solution to this social problem in Mombasa.

 

3.0 Youth Empowerment Programs

 

3.1 Youth Empowerment program (2010)

Trace Kenya with support of partners has been undertaking governance, leadership and community youth empowerment programs in Mombasa and Kilifi districts. The youth have learned resource mobilization skills, participation in political leadership, talks on leadership and mentoring and received information on human trafficking

 

Trace Kenya works in four priority areas:

a)      Human rights – counter trafficking in persons

b)      Education – to support children potential victims and victims of trafficking; uses education as a rehabilitation and reintegration process for children.

c)      Peace and good governance, as it is a prerequisite to stability and safe migration and

d)     Skills development, enterprise development and small grants to youth, women and adult potential victims and victims of human trafficking

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1. Paul Adhoch (Founder/Executive Director)

Paul has over 20 years work experience in the children sub-sector. He has a background in social development studies, business management, Human Resources and Community development. Paul is a policy analyst, a social development practitioner and management practitioner.

 

2. Patrick Ochieng (Chair Person)

Patrick is a civil society member since 1996, managing an NGO in Mombasa. He acts as the technical advisor on NGO management and Policy matters for Trace Kenya and is the current serving chair. Patrick has experience in communication, social change training, activism and consultancy.

 

3. Amina Abdalla (Member)

Amina is based in Lamu district. She is a member of the board of Trace Kenya with very deep experience on education, specifically Early Childhood Education (ECD). She is also an expert on gender issues. Amina is an alumnus of Kampala University, with a degree in Education.

 

4. Millicent Achieng (Member)

Millicent is a business lady, a philanthropist and social worker. She has a background in the hospitality industry and offers advice on tourism, the entertainment industry and related matters.

 

5. Eric Odongo (Member)

A member of the board, Eric is based in Nairobi, where he works as a social worker and a social activist. Eric has a background in management and social work.

 

6. James Osome

James is an expert on rehabilitation of street children. James teaches guidance and counseling; drugs and substance rehabilitation and management of children homes. He is also the manager of Furaha Phonix Home in Bomani, Kilifi district.

 

 

 

1 The Kinango Girl Child Mentoring Project (2007 - 2009)

The Kinango Girl Child Mentoring Project was a pilot project that sought to prevent the trafficking of girls into Mombasa and other urban centers for domestic servitude (ayah, maids, mboch), and other exploitative circumstances. Fifty (50) girls from Mwache area in Kinango district in classes 6 – 8 were mentored by a teacher dubbed Trace Marshal for three years 2007 -2009, to encourage them go through school and complete the school cycle. This project served both the educational and social development of the girls. Only one girl failed to complete the cycle.

The girls are currently in various secondary schools, form one to four, in coast region.

 

2 The Kipawa Art Project (2008 - 2009)

The Kipawa Art project covered two years with the objective of supporting artistic skills of young people in Mombasa. Six young persons participated in the project, with three emerging as good artists. The project culminated with an art exhibition at the Alliance Francaise – Mombasa. The Art teacher also got recognized for his good work and his profile was greatly enhanced. 

The biggest lesson learned was that art is a talent, and not every young person can take it up as a profession. Trace Kenya noted, however, that many young people were willing to take up anything positive and many gave it a try.

 

Considered an authority in countering human trafficking in the coastal region of Kenya, Trace Kenya works closely with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) on issues of counter human trafficking, including referrals cases for follow-up. Trace Kenya is also a member of the CSOs reference group on security in Mombasa County, particularly with regard to countering violent extremism in the region. The national referral mechanism on counter trafficking in persons has also identified Trace Kenya as a potential referral focal point in the coastal region, to work closely with relevant government agencies in fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery.

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Considered an authority in countering human trafficking in the coastal region of Kenya, Trace Kenya works closely with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) on issues of counter human trafficking, including referrals cases for follow-up. Trace Kenya is also a member of the CSOs reference group on security in Mombasa County, particularly with regard to countering violent extremism in the region. The national referral mechanism on counter trafficking in persons has also identified Trace Kenya as a potential referral focal point in the coastal region, to work closely with relevant government agencies in fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Within the auspices of the Leadership Initiative for Good Governance in Africa (LIGGA) project, Trace Kenya initiates programs in peace and good governance, working with the county government of Mombasa to seek effective service delivery for resolving issues of child prostitution and sexual exploitation of children in Mombasa. The LIGGA Project is one of the projects of Search for Common Grounds, funded by USAID and working with CSOs who ran an initiative on countering violent extremism targeting mainly Muslim youth in Mombasa. Trace Kenya is both a member and sits in the Executive Committee of Kenya Peace Network (KPN), together with 17 other organizations from across the country. In Kilifi, Trace Kenya works with a USAID funded project dubbed Shiriki to build capacity of Trace Kenya to be better able to manage governance projects. This project is funded through NOPE, a regional organization with activities in Kenya and Uganda.

In Mombasa, Trace Kenya works to counter trafficking of children and young people; Trace Kenya thus has experience in Mombasa since 2006, working with children and young persons at risk of falling prey to social ills and thus vulnerable to human traffickers, criminal gangs, and potential to be recruited into armed conflicts. As part of effective countering of human trafficking, Trace Kenya works with street families in Mombasa to ensure their basic rights and education needs are met through various partnerships and advocacy startegies.

Trace Kenya undertakes education projects in Taita Taveta, Kwale, Mombasa, Kilifi and Tana River counties. These projects are supported Mensen met een missie and UNICEF Kenya Office. Similarly, Trace Kenya has a project that mentors girls in school in Mombasa and enterprise and skills development for youth in Kilifi counties.

With partners and friends, Trace Kenya has supported the documentation of organizations working to counter trafficking in Kenya and Tanzania; thus supporting the work of our partners, Consolation Africa, since 2008. Trace Kenya hopes to support the capacity building of these partners as well as sensitize communities on trafficking in Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi and Kwale districts. 

Partners and networks include: The Kuimirira CBO, Operation Lifeline Msambweni OLM, Teens watch (Kwale - Msambweni district), COPDEC (Taveta district), Mariakani Girls Centre (Kilifi - Kaloleni district), Kipawa Art Project (Mombasa district), and Furaha Phonix (Kilifi district).

At the national level, Trace Kenya is a member of the Provincial Child Rights Network (PCRN), The Coalition for the Promotion and Development of the Child (COPDEC) and ElimuYetu Coalition (EYC).