Annual Impact Report
The over ten years insurgency in Borno State sparked mass influx of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) into already vulnerable communities of Borno State which as a result, many Humanitarian NGOs, INGOs and UN agencies gave supporting aids to the needs of the people in concern. As of January 2019, Borno state was home to 842,40 internally displaced people according to information management system database of IOM. Many of these depends on the support from humanitarian organizations and government. Yet, the support is insufficient, in quantity and quality, to support productive and healthy living conditions. The instance is also likewise on the host community’s reliance on support to carter for those affected by the crisis. This situation is further precipitated by the fact that 71% and 53% of IDPs and host community households have no income-generating activities. unemployment, sexual gender-based violence, child abuse are among other observed
- MMC LGA: Bolori II and Shuwari III Host Communities
- Jere LGA: Madinnatu and Jiddari Polo Host Communities
Our key intervention areas for 2019
- Child Protection
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (PSS)
- Advocacy and Peace Building
GSF Education Intervention Mainstream with Child Protection
The three months self-funded Pilot project was designed to contribute the objectives of Child Protection under Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP 2019) reaching to the need of 50 (35 girls, 15 boys) unaccompanied and separated children and other vulnerable children at risk of abuses through provision of case management response by Identification and documentation, Placement in alternative care, Follow-up of cases, Tracing and Reunification with their primary caregivers and Referral and support to access basic services. GSF intervention is able to provide 1285 children (800 girls, 485 boys) through Psychosocial support in terms of Structured recreational/creative/social activities for girls and boys particularly for those under 13 years of age link with Life skills education for adolescent girls and boys and Individual and group counseling and mental health support for girls and boys affected by mental distress including 15 Caregivers (10 women and 5 Men) mainstreamed with temporary learning center support as this will ensure qualitative Child Protection and Education in emergency are mechanism in place to support the Children in Gwozari Community of Jere Local Government area of Borno State, North East Nigeria.
PARTNERSHIP WITH TRANSCULTURAL PSYCHOSOCIAL ORGANISATION
Grow Strong Foundation (GSF) signed a partnership agreement with Transcultural Psychosocial Organisation (TPO) for continued mentorship, support capacity, enhancement support and implementation of TPO project activities in Farm Center IDP Camp in Jere Local Government, Borno State in North East Nigeria.
The purpose of this agreement is to build technical capacity and mentorship of GSF staffs to detect, prevent and respond to incidents of child abuse and rights violations in the conflictaffected zones of northeastern Nigeria. TPO Nigeria and GSF partners in order to continue supporting children that are rescued from armed groups under the child protection component and facilitate their reunification and reintegration through the provision of psychosocial support, alternative care arrangements including fostering, socioeconomic support, access to non-formal education and acquisition of basic skills and knowledge on life skills, adolescent health and responsible behavior. Also, the partnership helps to capacitate GFS to provide direct case management to children identified in need of specific child protection support. This will require that an integrated database for child protection problems that ought be supported be developed and maintained.
GSF with technical support from TPO supports child protection program using a Child Rights programming approach. The methodology aims at strengthening communities through the established child protection committees, child club and community leaders on child protection in the existing safe space. The pilot program therefore integrates PSS activities (to support vulnerable children with a safe environment for life skills, play, recreation, education and psychosocial first aid) with case management, Capacity building and specialized sessions on cognitive behavior Therapy (CBT) to benefit vulnerable children affected by the crisis. The intervention has benefitted over 3000 vulnerable children through the CFS activities. The intervention identifies and support children who face additional protection concerns such as neglect, GBV, distresses etc, and in need of psychosocial support. The integrated case management approach identifies children in need of extra support and make referrals using the existing referral pathway. The capacity building activities also integrates school teachers as a complement to enhance their knowledge on keeping children safe. The pilot project works with ten volunteers who have benefited from capacity building trainings on child protection, psychosocial first aid, case management, Child Friendly Spaces, life skills, confidentiality etc. It now provides voluntary services for children on a regular basis. GSF through TPO has equipped the CSF provided by Save the Children with play and life skills materials as well as supporting ten Animators with stipends and provide refreshments/snacks for group sessions with children on a weekly basis.
CFS activities with children at the Farm Center IDP Camp, Muna runs from Mondays through Thursdays and involve children of different ages. These activities include physical, creative, communicative, imaginative, life skills sessions, etc. The animators guide the peer educators as they directly interact with children supporting them though these sessions. Follow up visits are done by the project team every Mondays and Thursdays and hold review meetings twice a month. The review meetings also help to address some of the challenges expressed by the animators, enhance coaching and the provision of support materials needed to collate data on attendance at the CFS.
Child Protection Committee
The CPC structure in the IDP Camps were established during early intervention and consists of membership that does not proportionally represent the IDPs from the eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) housed in the camp. The Baseline assessment also suggests that the composition of the CPC makes it difficult to adequately respond to child protection concerns on a daily basis. Meetings by its members were also difficult due to large membership and thus capacity building efforts by earlier interventions remained underutilized. GSF intervention facilitated the restructuring of the Child Protection Committee, a body of 25 members represented by women, parents, children, community leaders(Bulamas) and social workers. The CPC members concluded several sets of trainings on child protection, referral pathways, confidentiality, advocacy, risk management, child participation etc.
CPC members now work closely with social workers and service providers in the Farm Center IDP Camp, Muna in responding to child protection concerns. GSF through TPO conducts monitoring and coaching sessions as well as facilitate monthly meetings with CPC members on their response and efforts in protecting children.
Children attending the CFS between the ages of 14-18 have been very supportive in assisting the animators as peer educators during CFS activities. With the growing need for increased participation through an established group, the Children’s Club was established with a membership of 25 children; 10 boys and 15 girls. The Children’s Club is a constituted body of children with the goal to enhance child participation in decision making and inclusion and to facilitate the inclusion of children into decision making especially on matters affecting their well-being. The children’s club have now adopted Terms of Reference (ToR) to guide them in supporting other children who attend CFS activities. The children’s club also benefits from similar trainings on child protection, advocacy, awareness raising and peer education.