Strengthening psychosocial support, mental health, reintegration and protection services for children in Borno, including children associated with Boko Haram

Strengthening psychosocial support, mental health, reintegration and protection services for children in Borno, including children associated with Boko Haram

Funded by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa with a contribution from UNICEF, this project targeted young children affected by Boko Haram. Over 1 380 000 children in Borno who have been impacted by the conflict and are in need of assistance. The action helped build resilience among these children, strengthening the provision of and access to community child protection services and mental health and psychosocial support services. The action also supported the reintegration of boys and girls associated with armed groups through individual and family support and community dialogue to mitigate the risk of secondary trauma resulting from rejection, stigma and violence by communities and families. It also reduced the risk of future radicalisation.

Global objective

  • Enhance the wellbeing and the resilience of children and adolescents who have been affected by the conflict in Borno including the reintegration of those associated with Boko Haram

Specific objectives

  • Improve access to mental health and psychosocial support services and provide reintegration support for children and adolescents impacted by the conflict in Borno State, including vulnerable and displaced children, those associated with armed groups and those subjected to Boko Haram related abduction and sexual violence; strengthen their resilience, coping mechanisms and psychosocial well being
  • Create a supportive and protective environment for children formerly associated with armed groups and children who were victims of Boko Haram related abduction and sexual violence, notably with the support of communities and families

Expected results

  • Access to psychosocial support and mental health services for conflict affected children and adolescents (child friendly spaces, after school clubs and community led programmes)
  • Reintegration support, referral, as appropriate, to education, vocational training, health care and reproductive and sexual health care services for children associated with armed groups, including children who were victims of Boko Haram related abduction and sexual violence
  • Strengthened monitoring and reporting of grave violations of children’s rights, including unlawful recruitment or use of children by armed groups and conflict related sexual violence
  • Communities engaged in dialogue to promote social cohesion, child protection, acceptance and reintegration of returning children
  • Support for family members to reunify with and provide care and protection for their children through psychosocial support and/or mediation and reconciliation

Duration

3 years : 30/03/2017 - 30/03/2020

Localisation

The project was implemented in the State of Borno in Nigeria in the following LGAs: Maiduguri, Jere, Damboa, Bama, Dikwa, Monguno Ngala, Gwoza, Konduga, Biu, Hawul, Kwaya Kusar, Bayo, Chibok and Askira Uba.

Beneficiaries

  • Direct beneficiaries: 76 500 children
  • Indirect beneficiaries: 11 500 community and family members

Budget

EUR 4 725 000

Funding

  • European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUR 4.5 million)
  • UNICEF (225 000 EUR)

Implementation

UNICEF

Partners

Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

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Country

  • Nigeria

Topics

  • Demographic trends
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Governance & capacity-building
  • Health
  • Local actors & livelihoods
  • Poverty
  • Social affairs & social protection
  • Youth

Targets

  • Refugees
  • Women
  • Youth

Agir Pillars

  • Pillar 1: Improve social protection for the most vulnerable communities and households in order to secure their livelihoods

Scales

  • Local

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG 3 SDG 10 SDG 16