The Cece Yara Foundation is a child-centred non-profit organisation established in 2016 to prevent child sexual abuse and to provide access to care, information, protection and emergency intervention for children who have experienced sexual abuse or who are at risk. The Foundation provides provides psycho-social, legal and medical support for children through a 24-hour free child telephone helpline (0800 800 8001) and its child-friendly Child Advocacy Centre based in Gbagada, Lagos, at a time when government research estimates the occurrence of childhood sexual violence in Nigeria to be as high as one in four girls and one in ten boys. The Foundation’s multi-disciplinary team of counsellors, social workers, child advocates, lawyers and forensic interviewers, collaborate with government agencies and partners involved in the investigation, intervention and prosecution in child sexual abuse cases, in order to provide a coordinated response to children, in line with best practice. The Centre has also established outreach educational programs on prevention awareness for children, and specialised programs to educate adults on how to protect children from sexual abuse.
"Cece Yara" means "Save the Child" in the Hausa Language.
The foundation was founded by Mrs. Bola Tinubu, a child advocate, mother and lawyer on a quest to prevent Child Sexual Abuse in Nigeria. Motivated by her belief that childhood should be a period of innocence, safety and happiness for all children, she established the Foundation at a time when research reports estimated childhood sexual violence occurrence in Nigeria to be as high as one in four girls and one in ten boys. Bola is responsible for the strategic direction of the organization.
Over the last 30 years, she has been deeply struck by the general tacit acceptance of the incidence of child sexual abuse in Nigeria brought about by cultural, religious and socio-economic circumstances, and the lack of child-focused recourse and support for children who have experienced sexual abuse.
Through "The Cece Yara Foundation" and in collaboration with key institutions and members of the society, Bola has joined the efforts to preserve the joyfulness of innocent childhood.