Through the uncertainties of Covid, with the challenges of losing members and colleagues, and the ups and downs of curfews and restrictions, our CLEAR partners have been working tirelessly to seek justice and protect the vulnerable.
News from our partners:
Recently in the Mombasa office, CLEAR Kenya, lawyers were able to successfully help a child's application for guardianship. Abandoned when only six months' old, at a dumpsite, 17 years ago, F was placed in a children's home. F became close to a former employee (S) there, and throughout the years S accepted F into her own family. F and S wanted to apply to the court for guardianship – and although S self-represented herself in court, the KCLF lawyers were able to help her prepare submissions against the children's home's objection. Granted guardianship, S and F are now happily living together – where F feels like he has a true home and family.
Update from Advocates Burundi, Voice for the Voiceless
In 2019, the CLEAR Appeal established a seed fund to support Voice for the Voiceless, a small group of Christian lawyers in Burundi engaging in community education sessions and prison visits. Through this fund, we have recently supported a member of Lawyers of Hope Rwanda to visit and help strategise and share fellowship. We are thankful to God that this visit has been able to take place despite Covid lockdowns and curfews – and are awaiting an exciting first budget and partnership agreement.