GBV and Vulnerable Childhood

In Somalia, and especially inside IDPs camps, women and children suffer disproportionately from lack of resources and they are extremely vulnerable when it comes to various form of violence, including GBV, trafficking recruitment or prostitution. In such a context GRT, with the contribute of OCHA - Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, implemented a project aiming at reducing these form of violence and enhancing the local actors' response to them. 

 

Goals: 

 

This project aimed at improving the quality of comprehensive protection services and vulnerable children, ensuring equal access to services, comprehensive case management, Psychosocial support and enhancing the quality of local actors to respond to GBV and Child Protection (CP) concerns in a view of guaranteering a qualitative and sustainable support. 



Description of Activities:

 

In order to achieve the above-mentioned results GRT has provided safe and confidential identification of GBV survivors through 15 focal points in the IDP settlements, 4 facilitators and a dedicated support line. As well as this, GBV survivors have received timely and appropriate support through case management and some of the most vulnerable survivors benefited from livelihood opportunities - individual tailored support (ITS) and vocational training.  

Moreover, awareness-raising events have been organised targeting different community actors and psychosocial support/recreational activities have been carried out for children and adolescents through the establishment of 2 child friendly spaces to be used as day-care centres.

Furthermore, GBV survivors have been referred to foster families and the capacity of local actors to offer accurate serviced to GBV survivors and children have been improved through training delivery with a focus on quality of services. 

 

Targets

 

The main beneficiaries of this project have been children under 18, Internally Displaced People and local staff dealing with GBV survivors and child protection issues. 

Results

 

As a result of this project 92 GBV survivors have received medical assistance and have been referred to hospitals and clinics, 203 GBV survivors received support through case management, 88 GBV survivors received livelihood support in terms of ITS and vocational training and 50 start-up kits and 225 solar light torches have been distributed.

Moreover, GRT carried out 4 awareness-raising activities with the participation of 61 people and implemented recreational activities for children in 2 different locations, involving more than 1000 children.

GRT conducted 3 trainings to foster families and 6 trainings on GBV/CP related topics (Case Management, Psychosocial Support, Gender Mainstreaming) as well as 3 refresher trainings on foster interim care.  

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.