Institutional Background

child rights library

In the picture, CRIDOC Founder (and former director), George Kayange, is setting up our physical Library.

Child Rights Information and Documentation Centre (CRIDOC) is a non-profit organisation established to create access to information on on issues that affect children and young people through Research, Monitoring, Documentation, ICT, Media and other communication channels. 

The Centre was founded as a documentation and ICT project on child rights issues in 2003 by George Mwika Kayange, a Malawian media intern who was at the time working as a voluntary editor for the Child Labour News Service (CLNS), an on-line project run by Global March Against Child Labour in New Delhi, India. 

Author of children’s book on HIV/AIDS entitled “Gone for A Walk,” and a journalist by profession, George was particularly inspired by the heart-rending true stories of exploitation of children and young people, featured on daily basis on the CLNS website, and sourced from various news agencies around the world, including Malawi. It is these stories that inspired him to begin contemplating the possibility of starting a nonprofit organization now called CRIDOC. Over the years, he has worked hard in gaining nonprofit talent that has led to the current status of the organization.

Today, the Centre puts particular emphasis on the uniqueness of every child and young person, and the complexity of grappling with issues concerning their welfare in Malawi, especially in the face of the gruelling poverty, HIV and AIDS , high illiteracy rates, child labour, juvenile justice, the plight of street children, and many other social ills affecting our children. As such, the Centre therefore takes a lead at providing guidance, motivation and information to children and all those involved in research and child rights issues, in terms of facilitating for the necessary interventions, information resources, education and professional support. 

The Centre respects the rights and dignity of children and all those concerned with their education and social welfare, and seeks to promote awareness on child rights issues through media, public relations, outreach programmes, seminars, conferences and other traditional and non-traditional modes of communication. It actively participates in advocacy movements at national level.