Save the Children is launching a new project to ensure the protection of refugee and migrant children in Esenyurt.
Save the Children is launching a new project to ensure the protection of refugee and migrant children in Esenyurt. The project is financed by the European Union’s Humanitarian Aid. It aims to reach 4000 children and 2,500 parents with the support of Esenyurt Municipality over the next 14 months.
Esenyurt, the largest district of Istanbul, is currently home to nearly 130.000 Syrians. The project will focus on reducing protection risks faced by refugee and asylum-seeker children, including peer bullying, neglect, abuse and violence. Social workers will raise awareness of children and their families on child protection and children’s rights, provide psycho-social support and work to ensure children enjoy their right to a life free of violence and abuse.
Claudia Amaral, Head of EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations in Turkey, said “Fleeing war and conflict, leaving everything behind and adapting to a new life far from home is difficult for families. Displaced children are particularly vulnerable, and together with the EU’s humanitarian partners in Turkey we are working to make sure that no child is left behind.”
Sasha Ekanayake, the country Director of Save the Children (SCI) drew attention to the multi-stakeholder and child protection-centred approach of the project. “SCI, as a key advocate of child rights and protection, strives to support vulnerable children and their families in Turkey and especially in Esenyurt. As SCI Turkey, we strive to support local government within the framework of our organisational capacity and goals. We are happy to work in close collaboration with Esenyurt municipality to deliver specialised services to vulnerable children and their families with the support of the EU Humanitarian Aid Operations.
The “I support my friends” program and “Parenting without Violence” modules, which are successfully implemented in different countries of the world by Save the Children, will be applied within the scope of this project to support caregivers and improve the wellbeing of children.
Another important goal of the project is to give children, youngsters and adults the opportunity to actively participate in decision-making mechanisms. Through the creation of groups, they will observe and report on protection risks and right violations within the refugee and migrant community.
Research reports on children’s rights will be shared with local, national and international actors.