I. HISTORY OF THE PROJECT SPL has been implementing projects supported by UNICEF for community mobilization on child protection in emergencies since 2008. The three phases (June 2008 to July 2009, August 2009 to December 2010 and May 2011 to April 2012) mobilized 555 of communities of which 111 are host communities. One CPC (9 average members) was established for each community mobilized across all seven regions (Galgadud, Hiran, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle, Bay, Lower Jubba and Benadir) in CSZ of Somalia.
Advocacy meetings on child protection were organized for 2,520(1200 are female and 1320 male) from civil society and local authorities in the project areas to address child protection issues such as child recruitment, GBV, child labour, S/UAC, and corporal punishment at schools. The project directly reached and addressed the different protection problems of 29,416 children.
II. MAINPROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS
Facilitated the formation and/or strengthening of 557 community-based child protection committees with 4,995 members (of which 2,760 are male and 2,235 are female) for conducting advocacy, referral and IDTR activities in Banadir, Middle Shabelle, Lower Shabelle, Bay, Lower Juba, Hiiran and Galgadud regions in south and central Somalia.
CPCs undertook child protection awareness raising, advocacy, referral, IDTR and MRE activities among community members, particularly 42,860 IDP households of which (53,785 are women, 47,150 men, 104,175 girls and 94,890 boys) in the target project areas.
CPCs and traditional elders successfully released 257 children associated with AS insurgents for family reintegration and rehabilitation.
CPCs trace and reunite with their families 128 separated and unaccompanied children (of which 112 are boys and 16 are girls) between the ages of (5-14).
7,500 children (45% girls) no longer suffer corporal punishment at Madarassa schools after CPCs together with parents advocate with teachers & teachers adopted to discipline friendly.
Identified 1,466 children with protection problems in project areas provided with medical referral support of which 64 died of their injuries and the rest recovered well.
382 children working and living on the streets receive free education after CPCs advocated with schools in Mogadishu, Beledweyn and Dhusamareb districts.
In last year drought of 2011, CPAs/CPCs referred 1,896 malnourished children of which (951 are boys and 420 are girls) to nutrition centers in Mogadishu, kismayu, Beledweyne, Jowhar, Merca, Dhusmareb, Abduwaq and Adado districts of which all recovered well.
SPL supported ambulances (Amiin and Life Line Africa) evacuate 1,842 children with different protection problems to healthcare centers in Mogadishu.
After CPA/CPC jointly conduct MRE focal point trainings and awareness raising of 26,538 IDPs of which (4,874 are women, 3,547 men, 9,987 girls and 8,130 boys), exposure to risks from land mines/UXO is reduced in the IDP camps in the project areas.
Sensitized IDPs to understand clear child protection messages to 360,000 people in Mogadishu of whom 180,000 are male and 280,000 female through local FM radio stations raising awareness on key child protection issues which include child recruitment, GBV and corporal punishment.
No of communities mobilized from June 2008 – April 2012
# of communities mobilized per region
Total # of CPCs members
Total # of beneficiaries
NB:The 143 communities mobilized in Afgoi corridor have all relocated to other areas such as Mogadishu, Lower Shabelle, and Middle Shabelle regions. Most of these IDPS relocated after Al Shabab (AS) banned relief agencies from providing support to IDPs camps and the few IDPS who remained afterwards & left when TFG/AMISOM forces worked to capture Afgoi corridor from AS insurgents. There are no IDPS currently living in the Afgoi corridor.