Protection mainstreaming is introduced throughout RNVDO’s programming framework to assure community security and safety with a focus on gender-specific concerns.
RNVDO uses a range of preventive, mitigating, remedial and environment-building activities pursued concurrently, including advocacy, awareness raising and program- based activities. Thus, all the interventions seek to prevent human rights and international humanitarian law violations – violations that are often at the root of humanitarian crises. The interventions seek to mitigate their impact or to provide remedies through seeking retribution and reparation (accountability). They also prioritize action and enhance self-reliance and resilience, providing life-saving support, stabilized living conditions and opportunities for livelihoods, all of which contribute to mitigating further deterioration of the humanitarian crisis.
RNVDO established partnerships with DCA, LWR, HI, War Child UK, aothers, in order to execute programs that aimed to decrease vulnerability of children, adolescents and youth in Mosul, while increasing their psychological resilience to negative coping mechanisms and recruitment by violent extremist groups. This partnership have many achievements and impact on the beneficiaries, it succeed in carrying out various activities, it managed to conduct structured psycho-social activities for children and reached 8525 child half of which are females, in the centers and schools. Trainings were carried out for 64 teachers on inclusion and 110 teachers trained on Psycho social First Aid (PFA) to build their skills to become advocates for children rights to inclusive services and to become the first line in responding to any risk or emergency. The program also trained 42 teachers to build their education skills and enhance protection support. The program also conducted protection awareness raising campaigns targeting children, caregivers and the local community. Various awareness tools used for the campaign, with protection messages tailored to the specific audience.
In addition, RNVDO rehabilitated 19 schools in Mosul city and Hamam Al Alil, including providing the schools with equipment and furniture and distribution of textbooks and stationary for students. More training have been carried out for staff managing protection activities on CP, PSS, PFA, CM, inclusion and referral systems.
Through the program in West Mosul, RNVDO enhanced the protection of 8,400 beneficiaries through capacity development and life skills training with a focus on children, women and youth. RNVDO provided its staff with specialized training to respond effectively to protection issues that result from long-term displacement challenges. The training included basic protection response skills on legal awareness. During the previous years, five Child Friendly Spaces were established in five vulnerable, marginalized areas in West Mosul, their main function were to provide special activities for children and referring the most severe psycho-social trauma cases to PSS partners. The spaces are also used for women’s meetings and awareness activities on legal rights and life skills training. RNVDO manages coordination meetings for all protection partners in Jad’ah camps, held every two weeks in the RNVDO camp office. At these meetings, partners discuss protection issues and recommended solutions for Jad’ah’s population.
It acts to protect children by responding to their specific needs and the risks they face. It protects, and campaigns, against all forms of discrimination; prevents and responds to abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation; ensures immediate access to appropriate services; and provides durable solutions in the child’s best interest. Situations of forced displacement and emergency have devastating effects on children’s lives, and boys and girls are uniquely vulnerable due to their age and social status
Gender Based Violence (GBV)
Gender-based violence is an issue faced by people all over the world. Women are disproportionately harmed by gender-based violence. That is why hundreds of organizations focus on ending violence against women. Children, adolescent boys and girls in need access to sustained psychosocial support and GBV services. RNVDO with the support of its partners was able to reach 1021 beneficiaries through GBV related activities.
Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Services (MHPSS)
During conflict, population is forced to live their homes and many flee to safe areas. The displacement process involves different forms of deprivation, protection risks and emotional challenges. RNVDO worked on 102 cases to give them mental support and psychosocial support through different set of activities.
Teachers Capacity Building
Teachers have an important role to play in the development of a generation that is now scarred by violence and loss: they contribute to shaping the future of Mosul’s children. It is particular importance to give a role to schools and to the teachers in confronting the phenomena of extremism and violence. Developing the more immediate capacity of primary school teachers is key to foster among learners a range of supporting cognitive socio-emotional and behavioral skills, concepts such as critical thinking, multi-perceptivity, respect for diversity, understandings of complexity and peaceful coexistence.
Psycho-social Support Services (PSS)
It managed to conduct structured psycho-social activities for children and reached 7,235 child half of which are females, in the centers and schools. Children and adolescents participated in structured and sustained psychosocial support programs to better cope with the situation after war