CONNECT – Making Humanitarian Action work for Everyone in Cabo Delgado
The project aims to provide immediate relief, recovery and resilience building measures for the most vulnerable in resettlement camp communities in the areas of food security/nutrition, psychological first aid and psychosocial support, and disability inclusive community development and create conditions in which persons with disabilities (especially girls and women with disabilities) benefit from humanitarian assistance on an equal footing with other persons of concern. (Contribution to SDG 2, 2, 5,10 and GAP III: ‘Ensure freedom from all forms of gender-based violence & strengthening economic and social rights and empowering girls and women - Promoting universal access to health’)
1.1: Vulnerable households can grow their own food and restore their livelihoods and capacity to produce.
1.2: The availability and access to highly nutritious food averts emergency rates of acute malnutrition especially for children under 5 in the resettlement camps in Chiúre and Metuge districts.
2.1: Individual psychosocial support is given to strengthen the resilience of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and help them cope with the emotional stress induced by the conflict.
2.2: Nurturing environments are created for women that provide the conditions for addressing harmful behaviours and norms, especially sexual and gender-based violence (SGVB).
3.1: The specific health, education and social protection needs of girls, boys, women and men with disabilities are being catered for.
3.2: Through the strengthening of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) and Organisations of Persons with Disabilities at community/camp level, persons with disabilities have increased capacity to locally lobby for their concerns with community leaders, government and humanitarian actors in the project region.
4.1: The existing Disability Working Group (DWG) at cluster level is a valuable contributor to the wider disability movement in Cabo Delgado province on strengthening disability inclusion in humanitarian action.
4.2: A greater focus on disability inclusion components across all humanitarian action programmes managed by humanitarian as well as government actors in the project region.
Target group / Beneficiaries
In total approx. 7,500 people will be reached directly though the proposed interventions in Chiúre and Metuge districts (Cabo Delgado province). The project targets beneficiaries from resettlement camps and host communities and in particular persons with disabilities. All data on target groups will be disaggregated by age, gender and disability.
Total indirect target group: 54.000 people from within the IDP camps and host communities.
Distribution of food, agricultural seeds and toolkits for 1,500 households; Nutritional education and training on healthy eating habits and highly nutritious food (incl. gardening); Psychosocial support for IDPs: training of Disability Inclusive Community Development workers, community-based therapy, counseling support; Support services for sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) survivors, activities for transforming harmful gender norms and behaviours; Community rehabilitation services for women, girls, men and boys with disabilities and caregivers (incl. individual rehabilitation, provision of assistive devices, referrals to health, school and social protection); Support and strengthen SHGs and other disability groups at the community level in voicing their concerns; Strengthen the existing DWG at UN-Cluster level to scale up disability inclusion in humanitarian action; Provide support to mainstream humanitarian/government actors in making their programmes disability inclusive.
Metuge and Chiúre districts in Cabo Delgado province receive increasing influxes of IDPs fleeing from escalating violence from non-state armed groups. In the proposed project area, 97% of all IDPs stay in ‘extended’ host communities. The main identified needs are food and livelihoods support, nutrition, and protection/psychosocial support services. While certain groups are hit particularly hard (incl. people with disabilities), there is no reliable data about how many girls, boys, women and men with disabilities have been affected by the conflict and how they are being reached by the humanitarian response. In the absence of any coherent disability specific programmes in Metuge and Chiúre, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have formally addressed LIGHT FOR THE WORLD to start a disability inclusive humanitarian response – and train mainstream humanitarian actors in disability inclusive humanitarian action.