Jireh Doo Foundation Protection Sector

Protection (Child Protection and Gender-based violence) is one of Jireh Doo Foundation’s (JDF) strong thematic areas. Over the years, JDF has impacted the lives of the affected population positively through the provision of quality child protection and GBV prevention and response services in Askira/Uba, Konduga, and Maiduguri metropolitan council (MMC). Currently, JDF is working in Dikwa local government area, one of many of the LGAs in Borno State that has been greatly hit by the humanitarian crisis. The humanitarian crises have disrupted family and social networks increased protection risk and exposed people to further harm, changed the roles played by different genders, and broke down protection structures.

In Dikwa, JDF is providing child protection and GBV services, identification of vulnerable marginalized groups, and provision of case management services in Kanumburi cross through already established child friendly and women and girl’s safe spaces with the aim of preventing and responding to abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence against IDPs and Host Community children and women affected by the crisis.

The Child protection services JDF provides include case management services for unaccompanied and separated children and children with other protection concerns. JDF also provides life skills education for adolescents, creative, recreational, and social activities for both children and adolescents boys and girls.

JDF also provides survivor-centered services to survivors of GBV through the established women and girls safe space. The safe space provides an avenue for skills acquisition/knowledge building for women and adolescent girls, psychosocial support, and case management services.

Objectives

  • To provide quality GBV case management and psychosocial support services for survivors of GBV and other vulnerable individuals
  •  To ensure that child protection services for children, including adolescents, and caregivers most affected by the humanitarian crisis are responsive, efficient, effective, and inclusive
  • To provide skill acquisition/ income generation opportunities to women and adolescent girls to increase resilience and reduce dependence on humanitarian assistance
  • To alleviate the risk of GBV and promote resilience and aid recovery through community engagement and capacity building training for community structures
  • To prevent the occurrence of GBV by addressing the root causes through awareness-raising and strengthening of community-based systems that promote accountability and resilience
  • To provide a life-saving response to survivors of GBV, unaccompanied and separated children by facilitating access to specialized and survivor-centered services.
  • Improve access to quality life-saving services through referrals for other services and enhance the well-being of children and families affected by the crisis
  • Ensure accountable and effective GBV prevention and risk mitigation by promoting the safety and dignity of the affected population

What was the issue or challenge on the ground and why is JDF collaborating with partners and donors to providing to these issues?

North-east Nigeria has been under frequent attacks in the past decades which has left several millions of people displaced, homeless, insecure with no means/reduction of livelihood and basic services such as education, health care, water, livelihood, protection, and other resources. The reduction of basic services and livelihoods are exacerbating the vulnerabilities of the affected population.

The humanitarian crisis in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe (BAY) states remains one of the most severe in the world today with the third-highest level of internal displacement in Africa. The security situation across BAY states continues to remain volatile and Borno in particular has been hit severely by consistent attacks in some of her LGAs. Over 80 percent of IDPs are in Borno State, the epicenter of the crisis and over 60 percent are living in host communities, exerting pressure on the already-stretched resources of these communities. Hence, the rate of Gender-based Violence (GBV) and other child protection issues continues to increase coupled with a lack of awareness and access to basic services.

Dikwa Local Government Area (LGA) is located in eastern Borno and lies 90 km east of Maiduguri. The estimated population of Dikwa LGA is 113,9021, which includes 75,470 internally displaced persons(IDPs). 81 percent of the IDPs live in formal camps, while 19 percent live with the host communities. 38 percent of households are female-headed in the formal camp, and 23 percent in the host community

Due to the humanitarian crisis faced by inhabitants of Borno State, particularly Dikwa LGA, the issues of child abuse and GBV are common. And in crisis-prone like this, the victims of violence are usually women and adolescent girls, whose vulnerability is exacerbated in the chaos of crisis. The insurgency has led to family separation and has exposed women and girls to a greater risk of abuse when undertaking certain roles such as going to fetch water or firewood. There is a high rate of child protection concerns and reported cases of GBV including intimate partner abuse and all these cases are underreported because of fear of stigma, blame, or to protect family reputation as it is considered a shameful act.

It is in light of the above that Jireh doo foundation is partnering with ICCO and collaborating with a partner under the Nigeria Joint Response (NJR) consortium and other Protection actors to bridge the gap and provide lasting solutions thereby providing life-saving services to vulnerable women, men, boys, and girls living in Kanumburi cross host community affected by the crisis.