Child Friendly Spaces / Mother and Baby Corners – support to refugee children - funded by UNICEF

Focus area

 

Project is providing psycho-social support, focusing on child friendly spaces and Mother-baby corners, early childhood development, non-formal education and support to formal education.

Child-Friendly SpacesCFS continued to provide a protected environment in which children can participate in organized activities like play, socializing, learn, and expressing themselves in addition to implementing indoor and outdoor activities/workshops – creative, imaginative, physical, communicative, and manipulative (games, sports, expressive/creative activities, life skills educational activities and other activities that promote child development/psychosocial well-being and coping skills). However, by adapting to a new situation related to prolonged stay, DRC / UNICEF teams utilize ECD principles into structured activities Mother-Baby Corners (MBC) continued to implement its activities with special focus on supportive care, education and counselling on breastfeeding and infant feeding; promoting, protecting and supporting optimal infant and young child feeding, baby food and water distribution and maintaining daily hygiene with as well a limited distribution of hygiene items. Having in mind that mothers and babies are staying in Serbia for even more than a year (in comparison to 2015 when beneficiaries stayed 24-72 hours), MBC has developed capacities to integrate ECD activities into nutrition program by stimulating and enhancing emotional responsiveness as an essential part of feeding activities.  Daily activities of the MBC are structured in a manner to assist the mothers / parents to establish the daily routine for children, create a behavioural pattern, and enforce habits related to nutrition, hygiene, health care, playing and leisure time. Daily schedules for the activities of the MBC have been established, introducing mothers to the rhythm of the meal, sets clear requirements for mothers and children, cup feeding etc.  Gender based violence undermines health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, however GBV often remains invisible due to culture of silence and even widespread acceptance of it in certain cultures. MBC is providing unique opportunity to tackle GBV as it is usually the only place in the asylum/reception centre that is available for women only and is permanently staffed with medical personnel. Non formal education – support to formal education. DRC team is organizing structured non formal educational activities aiming to develop skills, values and knowledge. Activities are organized in tailor-made manner, taking into account diversity of beneficiaries, different educational background, different native language, different interests etc. Non-formal education, as well as support for formal education is be carried out in three different manners, taking into account the different needs of the children and potential benefits for children and schools alike including workshops, structured non-formal classes and catch-up classes and support to formal education (on the class assistance). 

Donor

The United Nations Children's Fund - UNICEF

Objective

Psycho-social support, emergency supplies and access to protection and information rights to refugee children and their families provided through child friendly spaces and Mother-baby corners in up to 8 Reception Centers in Serbia, as well as reduction of consequences caused by prolonged insecurity suffered by children and their caretakers. Accesses to protection, refuge, nutrition support, non-formal educational programs and support to formal education are aimed to reduce basic insecurity and to reduce risk and vulnerability of targeted population.

Beneficiaries

Refugee children, mothers  and caretakers

Authorities involved

GovWG
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy
Ministry of Health Republic of Serbia
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia
Local authorities
Local Social Welfair centres
Local health centres

Publication / Download

My Safety and Resilience Girls Guide

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DRC joined the UNICEF team and partners in creating My Safety and Resilience Girls Pocket Guide. This Pocket-Guide defines the standards and guidelines our organizations elaborated to design, develop, implement and evaluate a girls’ empowerment program with the Roma communities and the migrants and refugees population in Serbia as well as in Bulgaria. When girls are given tools, space and encouragement, they are empowered to develop their voices in their communities and navigate the challenges of adolescence. Based on the UN definition adolescents comprised different age groups: early adolescence 10-14 and late adolescence 15-19. The age group 10-14 require different approach and set of skills from girls aged 15-19.

Enhancing Protection and Humanitarian Aid in fYRoM and Serbia - funded by ECHO

Focus area

Access to protection for the overall refugees population through a Human Rights based approach; basic humanitarian needs of most vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants addressed through distribution of NFIs; provision and improvement of reception and accommodation capacities through rehabilitation of GWG assigned locations/facilities; provision of vocational, educational and recreational activities in official and temporary reception centres for vunerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Serbia.

Donor

ECHO

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to ensure emergency humanitarian aid and protection for vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the Western Balkans.
The Specific Objective of the Action is to enhance the provision of humanitarian assistance and protection, as well as to improve the reception capacities for vulnerable refugees in Serbia and fYRoM. The project will contribute to protection of basic human rights of refugees coming to Serbia as well as contribute to safety, health and dignity of reception conditions.

Beneficiaries 

Vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in fYRoM and Serbia

Authorities
involved

Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia;
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy

Enhancing the Response to the Refugee Crisis in Serbia - funded by EUD

Focus area

Rehabilitation of facilities/centres and provision of basic furniture; deployment/secondment of staff to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration and the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy; provision of accommodation to the various Government Institutions

Donor

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to contribute to enhance the response to the refugee crisis in Serbia.
The Specific Objective is to support the Government of Serbia efforts to promptly respond to the refugee crisis, through provision of direct support to relevant National and Local Institutions as well as enhancing refugee reception capacities in the country. The Action will provide direct support to the Commissariat for Refugees and Migration, to the Migration WG as well as to other relevant national and local institutions in order to enhance national response. The Action will as well ensure rehabilitation of existing buildings in various locations in Serbia in order to upgrade refugee accommodation capacities.

Beneficiaries

Vulnerable mixed migration individuals entering the territory of the Republic of Serbia. Currently individuals entering Serbia are mainly coming from refugee producing countries, such as Syria, Afghanistan. The Action will mainly provide direct support/target the Commissariat for Refugee and Migration, the Migration WG and various national and local institutions dealing with migration enhancing their capacities of providing assistance to refugees/mixed migrants.

Strengthening humanitarian response to the needs of most vulnerable women and girls refugees/migrants - funded by UNFPA

Focus area

Increasing availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of Reproductive Health and Gender Based Violence (medical response) services and provision of medicaments for refugee and migrant women and girls transitting through RAPs (namely Sid, Principovac, Adasevci and Presevo) through the donated mobile clinic in Sid and provision of medical staff in Presevo. Persons likely in need of international protection will be provided with hygiene and dignity items ensured through need driven distribution in RAPs and Asylum Centres in Serbia.

Donor

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Objective

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the increase of availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of Reproductive Health and Gender Based violence services for refugee and migrant women and ensure emergency humanitarian aid through provision of dignity items, information provision for vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Serbia.

Beneficiaries

Vulnerable groups of women and girl refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants in Serbia

Supporting Recovery of Household and Local Economies in Serbia Affected by Severe Floods in May and September 2014 - Phase II - funded by EUD

Focus area

Assistance to floods affected households and local economies in Serbia

Donor

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to support the Government of Serbia and the local self-governments in recovery from flood damages.

The Specific Objective of the Action is to ensure secure and appropriate reconstruction and provision of individual housing solutions to flood affected communities and families and reconsolidation of small scale businesses. The Action supports the Government of Serbia and relevant sectors in Local Self-governments (LSGs) in the context of flood relief and immediate response to affected population.

Planned Project outputs:

According to the project proposal and based on initial needs assessment, the following number of assistances has been planned in 13 DRC targeted municipalities:

  1.  at least 679 families that will be assisted through reconstruction of their partially or severely damaged houses (DRC and Vizija realised outputs);
  2.   at least 18 families that will be assisted through construction of new prefabricated housing units for their completely destroyed houses, with provision of 22 basic household appliances and furniture sets; (DRC and Vizija realised outputs);
  3. at least 154 medium and small scale enterprises and entrepreneurs that will be provided basic means of work, process material and general business training & economics and technical mentorship. (Eneca and DRC realised outputs);
  4.  at least 147 sets of household appliances and basic furniture provided for floods affected families on March 2016in the City of Cacak and Municipality of Lucani;

Beneficiaries

The proposed target groups are among the floods most affected households and communities (local population, displaced persons including Roma) in targeted municipalities (Obrenovac, Paracin, Jagodina, Smederevska Palanka, Ub, Koceljeva, Krupanj, Mionica, Kladovo, Negotin and Majdanpek), whose housing objects suffered from severe floods damages in May and September 2014 and March 2016.

Authorities
involved

Local Municipal Authorities, Local Centers for Social Welfare, Public investment Management Office (PIMO) and other key institutions both at national and local levels.

Implementing
agencies

UNOPS
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe e.V. Misija u Republici Srbiji (HELP)
Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB)

Co-applicants

EcoNomic Expert Community Association (ENECA)
NGO Vizija

Enhancement of Migration Response Capacities in Serbia - funded by Danish Embassy

Focus area

Strengthening capacities of Local Councils for Migration to update and realise Local Action Plans targeting refugees and persons likely in need of international protection; organising training sessions, study trips and raise-awareness campaigns for governmental and non-governmental service providers on migration, labor migration standards, human trafficking and potential social inclusion of mixed migrants; provision of information and legal advice to people of concern and service providers; direct grant support to local Civil Society Organisations capable to enhance community and social services targeting mixed migration; organising round tables on migration, human trafficking and social inclusion of migrants and giving inputs for migration framework.

Donor

Danish Embassy

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to support the Government of Serbia in enhancing migration management capacities.
The Specific Objective of the Action is to support the Government of Serbia and Local Self-governments in the realization of Local Action Plans on migration management and in the improvement of refugees’ access to information, protection mechanisms and needed reception assistance.

Beneficiaries

Host communities and authorities supporting people on the move in transit locations; policy makers (at local and country level), Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia, Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy, Local self-governments in Serbia and Government Working Group.

Support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Serbia - funded by UNHCR

Focus area

Enhancing the access of refugees/asylum seekers to their basic rights by provision of material assistance, basic medical care as well as psychosocial and educational support. In daily coordination with the Government Authorities, DRC and UNHCR are engaged in shelter/wash interventions aiming at improving the reception conditions in the various Refugee Aid Points in the country, health assistance, protection including child protection, information dissemination, provision of food and NFIs and planning winterization support.
Humanitarian needs will be met at the main entry and exit points, as well as along the journey along the country (e.g. Presevo, Vranje, Bujanovac, Dimitrovgrad, Bosilegrad, Zaječar, Nis, Belgrade, Subotica, Sid) through comprehensive aid delivery mechanism (storage and secondary distribution of F/NFIs to EVIs).

Donor

United Nations High Commesioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Objective

The overall objective of the project is to enhance the comprehensive assistance and protection response to the current refugee crisis affecting Serbia as well as the whole region.

Specific objectives of the project:

  • Ensure the direct provision of humanitarian support to refugees and persons in need transiting through/being in Serbia in close coordination with Government of Serbia Authorities;

  • Support the Government bodies/agencies in managing the efficient response to the refugee crisis.

Beneficiaries

Refugees in need, assylum seekers

Authorities
involved

Government Migration Working Group
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy
Ministry of Health Republic of Serbia
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia
UNHCR Serbia
Local authorities
Local Social Welfair centres

 

Assistance to Internally Displaced Persons in Serbia - funded by UNHCR

Focus Area

Contribution to the achievement of durable solutions for the displaced population in Serbia, by enhancing their housing conditions and access to health care, as well as by provision of reliable information and assistance related to the return process to Kosovo.

Donor

United Nations High Commesioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

Objective

The specific objectives of the Project are the following:

  • Peaceful coexistence with local communities promoted
  • Population lives in satisfactory conditions of sanitation and hygiene
  • Services for persons with specific needs strengthened
  • Potential for voluntary return realised

- Providing displaced families and elderly households with financial, in-kind and housing support through Household Merging Initiative component;

- 42 Roma IDP families living in Subotica or other potential sites will be supported to improve their living conditions by building sanitation facilities or by house upgrading;

- Improved access to health care services for EVI IDPs: some 550 especially vulnerable IDPs will be assisted with medicines/medical services/medical devices once or several times during the year, based on priority needs and available funding;

- The cross-boundary/return-oriented component of this project represents the main vehicle for IDPs currently living in Serbia to access non-biased information on Kosovo and on their rights, through various cross-boundary mechanisms and initiatives. 14 Go and See Visits (GSVs)/Return-Facilitation Dialogs (RFDs), 8 return-oriented/informative meetings and 2 transports of returnees and their belongings will be organised through the Project, as well as active participation of IDP representatives in Municipality Working Group (MWG)/Task Force (TF) meetings in Kosovo.

Beneficiaries

Internaly displaced persons and vulnerable domicile families

Authorities
Involved

Office for Kosovo and Metohija of the Republic of Serbia
Commissariat for Refugees and Migrations of the Republic of Serbia
Ministry of Health Republic of Serbia, Health Insurance Fund
Municipal Authorities, Local Trustees and Centres for Social Welfare of the Republic of Serbia
UNHCR Kosovo, Kosovo authorities, Ministry for Communities and Returns, Kosovo Police and KFOR

Implementing partners

Society for Peace, Development and Ecology (SPDE)
Ecumenical Humanitarian Organisation (EHO)
Bozur

Supporting Serbian formal education - funded by Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia

Focus area

Assistance to the Government of Serbia in the development and piloting of educational modules specifically designed for non-Serbian speaking asylum seekers and refugee children.

Donor

Embassy of the United States of America to the Republic of Serbia

Objectives

 

-    Development of education programme for Serbian as a non-native Language – The University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philology will develop minimum two educational modules for inclusion of children into formal education (one using methodology suitable for children and one using methodology for adults learning for their parents)
-    Development of raising awareness and sensitization of teachers’ module – training module for teachers will be developed by the project partners and implemented in order to raise awareness and prepare teachers to teach refugee children
-    Piloting educational modules in respective educational institutions

Beneficiaries

Refugee children from Middle East,  Africa and Central Asia, their parents, teachers and schools

Authorities and partners

Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development
Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Policy
Commissariat for Refugees of the Republic of Serbia
Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

Empowering Roma community for socioeconomic development and environmental protection in the City of Kraljevo - funded by EUD

Focus area

Empowering labour force of Roma population through business advisory,  vocational training and mentorship between potential employers and up to 55 target beneficiaries with special emphasis on environmental protection economy; supporting employment and self-employment of Roma and raising awareness and improving decision making process through defining and upgrading the Local Action Plan for Roma

Donor

Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Action is to support marginalized and disadvantaged groups and local community to actively participate in the socioeconomic development and environmental protection in the City of Kraljevo.

The Specific Objective of the Action is to improve employability and income-stream opportunities for most disadvantaged groups through economic diversification and environmental protection; The Local Self-government, public and private sector in the City of Kraljevo will promote decision making process and socioeconomic initiatives for social inclusion of Roma with special emphasis of Roma youth without parental care coming out of institutional support.

Beneficiaries

55 most disadvantaged and marginalized individuals, three Roma local settlements, four public institutions and civil services, two LNGOs, four micro & small-scale pilot cooperatives, two Roma Field Facilitators and decision makers interested in employment of Roma.

Partners

City of Kraljevo

Supporting IDPs interested in return to Kosovo - funded by UNHCR

Focus area

Conducting of needs assessment of approximately 1200 IDP families who have already expressed a wish to return and families who will during the comprehensive needs assessment exercise express an interest to return to Kosovo; media coverage through participation in four radio shows in Serbia proper; organisation of training/workshops for IDP association and relevant stakeholders.

Donor

UNHCR

Objective

The Overall Objective of the Project is to contribute to the achievement of sustainable durable solutions for the displaced population in Serbia by conducting a comprehensive needs assessment exercise that will support relevant stakeholders to create strategies and advocate for the rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The Specific Objective of the Project is to contribute to the enhancement of the ability of relevant stakeholders to advocate and design joint programming to support durable solutions for displaced persons through the identification and analysis of IDPs' specific needs and priorities.

The present Project will address the priority needs of the IDPs in Serbia, that have expressed their wish to return to Kosovo, aiming at contributing to the achievement of their durable solutions, by conducting a comprehensive needs assessment.

Authorities involved

Office for Kosovo and Metohija
Commissariat for Refugees and Migration of the Republic of Serbia
Local Trusties
UNHCR Serbia
UNHCR Kosovo

Beneficiaries

Approximately 1200 internally displaced families

Partners

IDP associations Bozur, Sveti Spas and Zavicaj za povratak