Prevention and Response to GBV

 

This project aims at identifying and supporting vulnerable population, including children, exposed to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in drought-affected areas of Puntland. The project tackles both prevention and response mechanisms through a combination of activities which rely on the consolidated experience in the sector together with long-term presence of GRT in the area of intervention. 


Goals: 

 

The project's main goal is to strenghten prevention and response mechanism for Gender-Based Violence survivors and children in Bosaso, Garowe and Galkayo communities affected by drought. 

 

Description of Activities: 

In order to implement this project GRT is carrying out a different range of activities all aiming at supporting vulnerable people in the above-mentioned locations.

During the initial phase GRT has been providing health treatment and medical support to GBV survivors and has conducted a safe and confidential identification of GBV survivors and children survivors of violence. Afterwards, survivors received direct emotional support and orientation as well as some short and long term Psychosocial rehabilitation plans. 

As well as this, GRT provided training in Psychosocial support and Clinical Management of Rape for health service providers and provided 450 women and girls victims of GBV with 450 dignity kits. 

Large scale awareness campaigns on GBV and protection issues were also conducted in order to sensitise the community on the causes and negative effects of GBV and to lobby the government to support the fight against it. 

 

Targets

 

The direct beneficiaries of the project are about 4000 vulnerable people living in the above-mentioned locations, as well as Internally Displaced People and local staff. Indirect beneficiaries are around 10,000 according to an estimation of people reached through radio broadcast during awareness campaigns.

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.