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SCWAâ€™s vision is to create a positive culture within society that seeks the protection, wellbeing and healthy development of children, acting in their best interests, and celebrating their contribution.
Sadly, while countless churches are champions for children, some churches and their leaders are complicit in this abuse, even encouraging and promoting it. This is particularly a problem in regions where church leaders have little theological training â€“ or accountability. SCWA seeks to educate church leaders and to train them to respond wisely to accusations of witchcraft against children.
â€˜The ignorance and prejudice which has come back from the dark ages and which is the root cause of this suffering must not only be stopped but must be completely eradicated.Â I plead on behalf of all children everywhere that they be given the opportunity for complete rehabilitation and the opportunity to be healed in body, mind and spirit.â€™Â Archbishop of Jos, Ben Kwashi, Nigeria
â€˜I used to think that children could be witches and did nothing to help these suffering children. But now, with the help of EPEDâ€™s training, we are teaching against these beliefs in our church.â€™ Apostle Daydo-Nzukafila
Although SCWA is based in the UK, it is connecting with other Christian agencies and key leaders in many nations for maximum impact and reach. One of its first major initiatives was to organise a ground-breaking Roundtable Action Forum in Kinshasa, DRC, in August 2014, which brought together key church leaders and Christian child-care agencies. The forum was positively received by participants â€“ and by the media.
Among the forumâ€™s outcomes was the decision to conduct extensive research among more than 1,000 church leaders to gain a deeper understanding about witchcraft accusations against children in the Congolese context; this will then form the basis for awareness-raising and advocacy. Participants also set up working groups focusing on training, advocacy and awareness-raising, theological research and practical projects, all aimed at putting a stop to this appalling abuse.