The project will make use of particularly 5 strategies to achieve the set objectives:
- Media for social change: Using film, photos, radio, music and print to run anti human trafficking awareness campaigns.
- Capacity building: Building local capacity and mobilising change agents in collaboration with relevant partners and stakeholders.
- Gender focus: Gender mainstreaming in terms of rights, access to Resources and Influence.
- Rehabilitation & Empowerment: Setting up shelter for the rehabilitation of trafficked victims and for empowerment of vulnerable population for the prevention of further incidences of trafficking.
- Building of national image: The face of a nation can be seen through one glance at the media of that country. Our films will be used to reveal the efforts citizens are making to curb human trafficking.
PHASES OF MeCAHT IMPLEMENTATION:
1st Phase: Research and Documentation
In 2008 the project began with research and documentation, which was carried out by training journalists from Nigeria and Germany to exchange reporting skills and to document the issue of human trafficking in the 2 countries. This phase, which primarily targeted teenage Nigerian girls in Benin and Frankfurt, has produced 5 mini documentaries widely broadcast on the German Deutsche–Welle global network. It was implemented in collaboration with DW-Akademie and funded by the German Foreign Ministry. (http://elearning.dw-world.de/xchange/ )
2nd phase: Awareness Campaign
]The goal of the 2nd phase was to run awareness campaigns in 4 villages in Benin City and this phase was inaugurated in our offices in Jos, Plateau State, in partnership with representatives from NAPTIP, WOTCLEF, Plateau Radio Television Corporation, the Danish Mission Council Development Department and Church Integration Ministries (KIT) Denmark. (http://youtu.be/WUhzVO6g7r4)
Our team has trained 150 volunteers in Edo State Nigeria and produced a full-length true life Nollywood star studded movie on the realities of gender imbalance as a major factor to human trafficking in Nigeria as a source country. This was in collaboration with KIT a Danish integration NGO with funding from the Danish Government’s DANIDA through DMCDD.
Over the past 36 months, the coalition has received the attention of media, church, civil society organizations and the Government in Denmark, Sweden, Uganda, South Africa and Ghana. While some are making concerted effort to support the project, other countries are waiting for our impact stories from Nigeria using media and the Church to replicate in their respective countries in collaboration with Nigerian media, CSOs and Government.
3rd Phase: Rehabilitation and Empowerment
MeCAHT understands that no one organization can successfully fight human trafficking alone. As such, the project is innovative in bringing many stakeholders and partners together in a joint effort to fight human trafficking in Nigeria through rehabilitation, training and empowerment through job creation and vocational training