Project Summary

The Child Protection for Refugee Children Project aims at strengthening child protection services for refugees in the urban areas of Sana’a and plans to reach areas beyond Sana'a. SDF provides a comprehensive intervention to cover the protection needs of refugees and asylum seekers, in Sana'a governorate with the ability to provide services beyond Sana'a governorate based on its programming expertise, presence and current operational access. SDF working methodology and approach is community based and human rights focused. Thus, SDF at best seeks to provide life-saving assistance and services to refugee children and their families – particularly promoting protection of 12,207 refugee children - in accordance with dynamic capacity in addressing their basic needs. In 2018, SDF believes that it will bring out greater deliverables which are solution-oriented and child-centered. Under the SDF's humanitarian protection strategy, immediate and effective response mechanisms will be better employed towards the best interest of refugee and host community children so as to achieve the expected outcomes of the project. The project contributes to assist refugee and asylum seeker children through solution oriented approach, in promotion of better opportunities for their sustainable solutions. The focus is on establishing a mechanism for child protection to ensure unaccompanied/separated children are identified and Best Interest Assessments (BIAs) are conducted for all identified children; children at risk, children with special needs or with disabilities and children heading households are identified and appropriately supported.

Under the child protection sector, SDF continues strengthening and expanding the existed Family Centre in Sana'a, which provides opportunities for refugee and host community children and youth to positively interact with each other while enjoying different information, non-formal education, protection and entertainment activities in a safe place under adult supervision.  SDF targets 150 refugee children (0-2 years) in the Day Care Center and 100 refugee children aged (3-5 years) in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) both based within the Family Center. SDF also identifies and supports about 10 Community Based Day Care Centers with NFIs, first aid kits and capacity-building training. SDF strives to work towards strengthening existing child protection mechanisms and creating opportunities for refugee children to utilize these services for their own and their peers’ protection and finally fostering an environment of harmonization and support among host communities and refugee families through community mobilization and advocacy. 

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To focus fully on the goals of sustainable

development and humanitarian response.