Child Protection

 

The emergency situation in the Horn of Africa has crippled the livelihood of thousands of people leading to surge of unprecedented mass exodus across Somalia. Children are among the most affected subjects when it comes to draught and famine and they often face violence or abandonment. This project aims at supporting vulnerable children and youth in the draught-affected area of Galkayo North, in particular those exposed to violence, unaccompained and separated children (UASC) and children associated with armed forces (CAAF). 

 

Goals: 

The main goal of this project is to build a safer future for children and youth affected by drought and to enhance community based mechanisms for prevention and response of family separation, family reunification and family reintegration in Mudug Region, Galkayo North. 

 

Description of Activities: 

In order to carry out this project, GRT is implementing different activities. In particular it is delivering psychosocial support through case management to orphans, street and unaccompanied children, GBV victims and children associated with armed forces. As well as this, GRT is conducting need assessments in order to better understand child protection concerns in Galkayo and providing training to local staff dealing with Child Protection. 

GRT is also identificating foster families and providing them with training in order for them to be able to represent a short-term solution for children victims of violence. 

Targets

 

The main beneficiaries of this project are the children and youth in Galkayo as well as Internally Displaced People (IDPs) and the staff of partners organisations as well as the the Ministry of Women Development and Family Affairs (MOWDAFA). 

Funds

 

Child Protection

 

The street represents the only educational path for many children and at the same time it represents a broad and fascinating place even though often scary and terrible.  

This is the reality of the street children in Nepal, Romania, Nicaragua, Somalia but also of some big European cities with their non accompanied minors. 

In these contexts GRT's objective is to defend children's rights and wishes in the first place and then propose a rehabilitation. 

Somalia

 

In South-Central Somalia, Somaliland and Puntland decades of civil conflict and socio-political instability have affected the mental wellbeing of communities and depleted the social-cultural support pillars of the community when it comes to coping with stressful situations. As a consequence, cases of mental break-down and psychological devastation amongst Somali communities continue to reach unprecedented levels with the prevalence of mental illness in the whole Somalia currently estimated as being one of the highest in the world.

Traditionally, mental health has been a stigmatized condition with the mentally ill people being discriminated and socially isolated. This demonstrates a practiced culture of maximum containment and hostility, with chaining of mental health patients.

Despite this worrying situation, mental health continues to remain a neglected sector across Somalia. Mental health issues are less prioritized by local authorities and investment by the humanitarian community remains incredibly low, which in turn, leaves the existing local organizations poorly capacitated to effectively offer any meaningful solution. This situation creates a condition where the burdens of people with mental health disabilities are left to their immediate relatives and to the traditional/faith-based Mental Health healers.

In such a context, GRT carried out different projects aiming at helping mentally ill people and their families, as well as at providing them with better mental health centres and institutions.