CHILD PROTECTION & SUPPORT
Globally, millions of children suffer violence, neglect and abuse every day. Exposure to disaster,
violence, loss of, or separation from parents, family members and friends, deterioration in living
conditions, and lack of access to services all have devastating consequences for children. Response USA undertakes culturally sensitive, and age appropriate interventions for strengthening child protection systems and mechanisms in all contexts - development and emergency - and strives to bring about attitudinal and behavioral changes to prevent and respond to child protection issues. We enroll and support orphans from extremely poor and hard to reach areas of the world and monthly cash allowance is used to meet their food, clothing, education and health needs.
An orphan child, growing up in poverty, is especially vulnerable to physical and sexual abuse,being forced into early marriage or child labor, and missing out on their right to education.
Conflicts and natural disasters significantly affect children’s psychosocial well-being and development.
Around 290 million children (or 45 percent of all children under age five worldwide), do not possess a birth certificate which is central to protecting them from child labor, being arrested and treated as adults in the justice system.
An estimated 12 million girls under 18 are married each year; they are less likely to remain in school and more likely to experience domestic violence.
Around 70,000 young mothers (aged 15–19) worldwide die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth each year.
Every emergency, whether a rapid onset natural disaster or armed conflict, often leads to the separation of children from their families and caregivers exposing them to risks of violence, economic and sexual exploitation, abuse and potential trafficking.
At least 200 million girls and women have experienced Female Genital Mutaliation (FGM) in 30 countries across three continents, which may result in infection, infertility and even death.
WHAT WE DO?
We provide crucial psychosocial support for children during emergencies to help them overcome their difficult experiences. These efforts include one to one counselling and group therapy sessions for helping them overcome the challenges and stress resulting from the disaster or conflict. Other interventions include safe and stimulating activities such as sports and games to develop life skills and coping mechanisms for achieving resiliency.
We build the capacity of community members, activists to support children, families and neighbors by disseminating key information through a variety of channels including the media, religious organizations, existing community structures and youth groups.
We use child friendly spaces to organize activities in a safe and stimulating environment where affected children are supported. In addition, the parents or caregivers of these children are sensitized on child rights and protection issues.
We provide specialized referral services for children with behavioral issues, or who may need extra support, so that appropriate networks of care may be engaged.
Through School Feeding Program, we support the provision of nutritious and hygienic food to students in highly under-served and remote areas which have both educational and health benefits; increasing school enrollment rates, reducing absenteeism, and improving food security at the household level