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Children’s advocacy charity to host Nigerian delegation

Published: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Six Nigerian child protection experts will arrive in Geneva next week to participate in a child and family development program sponsored by Changing Children’s Worlds, a Geneva-based nonprofit organization.

Changing Children's Worlds addresses children's full development with a strengths-based, measurable approach with community violence prevention.

The public is invited to meet with the Nigerian visitors and a visitor from Ghana, Joyce Larnyoh, at the Changing Children's Worlds Open House, 5:30 to 7 p.m.Wednesday at 411 Stevens St., Geneva.

Changing Children's Worlds President Kimberly Svevo, of Batavia, said the Nigerian visitors are "critical advocates for children's rights to protection from violence," noting children in the U.S. often face similar challenges.

The Nigerian experts will share their child protection policy and practice experience during the training program as part of a cooperative educational exchange, Svevo said.

"Among different issues they will be presenting on include domestic worker servitude that is forced upon children," Svevo said. 

The Integrative Youth Development Academy will be held for the international experts and the West Pullman community at the Kroc Salvation Army Center in Chicago, Svevo said. Additional training for the international visitors will be in St. Charles and at the Changing Children's Worlds office, she said.

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