ASIA/TAJIKISTAN - Training and legal support: the Church's commitment to orphans

Wednesday, 22 April 2020 solidarity   children   caritas  

Dushambe (Agenzia Fides) - Caritas Tajikistan continues its work in support of teenagers belonging to the poorest sectors of society: legal support for young people was born as part of the project of mutual support between the elderly and young people "Preparation for adulthood - supervision for success". This is stated in a note sent to Agenzia Fides by the director of the organization of the Tajika Catholic Church: "Thanks to this project, it was possible to carry out a great job of defending the rights of orphaned teenagers residing in two colleges of the country, in Dushambe and in Shahrinav. Often, children who lose parents do not know their fundamental rights and responsibilities and face various legal problems that prevent them from building independence. To meet these needs, we have organized specific training and legal assistance appointments within the project".
The local legislation on the rights of the child, work, family were explained to the participants. The note highlights that "very often, these children suffer severe deprivations, since some of them do not have the necessary papers, such as an identity document or a birth certificate, or documents that demonstrate their state of vulnerability, such as the death certificate of parents". A situation that entails the loss of the right to access government social assistance measures, "not to mention that, often, children cannot even claim possession of their parents' assets. And there is no one in the orphanages that offers this type of assistance", says Caritas Tajikistan. Since 2018, the year the project started, more than one hundred orphans have been helped.
Caritas, in the country of Central Asia, was officially born in 2004, but small groups of volunteers linked to the Catholic Church had been active in the area since 1983. The organization has started and consolidated several projects concerning the supply of water, sanitation-health and social support regarding the most disadvantaged. (LF-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 22/4/2020)