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.
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 (children with disabilities in particular) in the resettlement camps in Chiúre and Metuge districts.
2.1) Persons living with disabilities, esp. women and girls, receive quality, inclusive, community-based, holistic psychosocial support.
2.2) Nurturing environments are created for women (especially for women and girls with disabilities) 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 (OPDs) 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 Disability Working Group at cluster level is a valuable contributor to the wider disability movement in Cabo Delgado on strengthening 'disability inclusion in humanitarian action'.
4.2) A greater focus on disability inclusion (DI) components across all humanitarian action programs managed by humanitarian as well as government actors in the project region.
In total approx. 7,500 people will be reached directly though the proposed interventions. All data on target groups will be disaggregated by age, gender and disability with an overall target of 60% female, 40% male with a target of 20% persons with disabilities reached.
Total indirect target group: 54.000 people from within the IDP camps and host communities.
Food distribution for 1,500 households (HHs); Distribution of agricultural inputs and toolkits for 1,500 HHs; Nutritional education for 500 caregivers of children with disabilities; Training of 60 caregivers on fortified porridge for dietary improvement; Involvement of 500 caregivers in the process of growing community gardens; Initial and Refresher Training for 60 caregivers and DICD activists in the preparation of highly nutritious foods; Community lectures for 1,500 HHs to raise awareness on healthy eating practices; Training for DICD workers and supervisors in psychosocial support; Design of interventions to tackle identified psychosocial support needs; Create 20 council groups and provide individual counselling; Monthly self-care interventions; Training on mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) and protection-related services for persons with disabilities; Self-care sessions with the Community Committees for Women and Girls with Disabilities to support them with stress management and taking care of their own well-being; Identification and integration of bi-weekly inclusive PSS activities into women and child-friendly spaces; Run Women and Child-Friendly Spaces in Chiúre and Metuge resettlement camps with SKILLZ approach; Provision of support for 50 sexual and gender based violence survivors (focus on women and girls with disabilities); Provision of psychological first aid for 200 girls and women (focus on women and girls with disabilities); Distribution of dignity kits to 1,000 women and girls (focus on women and girls with disabilities); Establish community gender working groups composed of 300 girls and women; Conduct gender norms sessions with 500 community members (gender and disability focus); Identify male role models to bring forward positive masculinity and male engagement; Gender Transformative and MHPSS training for partners, community workers and gender based violence (GBV) service providers; Working with 2 (one per district) Community Committees for Women with Disabilities; Strengthen multisectoral coordination to improve provision of inclusive and accessible GBV services; Review of referral pathways at both community and district levels; Train and provide technical support to 24 DICD/CBR workers; Purchase and provision of assistive devices; Perform regular home visits and rehabilitation activities; Carry out regular referrals to health units, schools, social protection schemes and other services/programs (livelihood, TVET, etc.); Inclusive communication on COVID-19 prevention measures across the resettlement camp areas in Chiúre and Metuge; Provision of COVID-19 hygiene materials for 1,000 HHs; Awareness raising on the rights of persons with disabilities (incl. stigma and discrimination on community level); Creation of self help groups at the resettlement sites in support of self-advocacy for persons with disabilities; Support people with disabilities with their tailoring business; Strengthen the Disability Working Group (DWG) in Cabo Delgado in support of inter-clusteral work; Train 15 members (focal points) of the DWG in disability inclusion (DI) and inclusive humanitarian action; Train other 24+15 humanitarian actors in inclusive humanitarian action; Provide technical support on DI to 6 UN-Clusters; Participate in joint monitoring visits; Bring together 8 focal points from the OPDs and advocate for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action (through their umbrella organisation Forum of Mozambican Associations for People with Disability (FAMOD)); Train 16 National Institute for Disaster Management (INGD) staff in inclusive humanitarian action; Piloting disability inclusion in 2 Local Disaster Risk Management Committees (INGD); Create a Task Force to monitor Disability Inclusion; Inclusion of persons with disabilities in Disaster Risk Management Committees at Provincial and District Level; In-depth support in disability inclusion to humanitarian actors.
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.