Dear All,

Warms greetings from Child Helpline International and Childline Zimbabwe,

We have been busy planning and are excited to inform you that the Ninth Africa Regional Consultation of Child Helplines will be held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 18-20 September 2017 under the themeDeveloping progressive and sustainable child helplines to protect children and young people in Africa’.

This theme was derived from the fact that child helplines are an essential part of national child protection systems and should be accessible 24/7 across the continent. However, child helplines in Africa encounter difficulties, particularly with regard to qualified staff and resources mobilization necessary for their functioning and the provision of adequate services needed by children and youth in need of care and protection.

The Ninth Regional Consultation will then be an opportunity for our members child helplines in Africa, from almost 36 countries, to meet, deliberate, and share experiences and best practices. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for child helplines in the African region to add to Child Helpline International’s objective of advocating for better child protection services, increase in the recognition of children’s voices by creating awareness of child helplines and discuss with keys partners.

The event is co-organised by Child Helpline International and Childline Zimbabwe. The organiser will send soon share more information and further details (invitation, registration fees, accommodation, local transportation, etc.) and, will be happy to welcome more than eighty participants from child helplines in Africa, CSOs, Telecoms, INGOs, Government officials and others in Harare.

Childline Zimbabwe will also be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. As you may already be aware, Childline Zimbabwe was founded by a group of women called the Soroptimists in 1997. 2017 marks the second decade of an operational child helpline in Zimbabwe, which has grown from strength to strength. Last year Childline Zimbabwe received over six hundred thousand calls, and completed an upgrade of its Harare and Bulawayo call centres. You are all invited to attend the celebrations as Childline Zimbabwe marks this milestone achievement.

We look forward to meeting you soon in Zimbabwe for the Ninth Regional Consultation of child helplines in Africa and the 20th Anniversary of Childline Zimbabwe.

Child Helpline International and Childline Zimbabwe.