South Sudan: reinforcing cooperation between security, legal, psychosocial and medical sectors working with Gender-Based Violence survivors. Sierra Leone: Helping Ebola orphans.
South Sudan: Last week, IsraAID conducted a comprehensive course on "Investigating Gender-Based Violence in South Sudan" as part of its multisectorial GBV prevention and response program supported by UNICEF. The program aims at reinforcing cooperation between security, legal, psychosocial and medical sectors working with Gender-Based Violence survivors, and at building trust and rapport between those service providers and the communities.
This course was taught by IsraAID’s international police advisor, one police captain from South Sudan Police Services (SSPS) who has been trained by IsraAID on GBV since 2012, and IsraAID’s psychosocial expert from South Sudan.
Participants included police officers from the main police station in Juba, social workers, legal aid officers and prosecuting attorneys. The presence of prosecuting attorneys is a new powerful addition to the program which further reinforces multisectorial cooperation for a more effective response to and prevention of Gender-Based Violence and other related social challenges affecting Juba.
The workshop is endorsed by the South Sudanese National Police Services, the Ministry of Gender and Social Development of Central Equatoria State, the National Ministry of Justice, the National Ministry of Gender, and the National Ministry of Public Service and Human Development.
IsraAID Psychosocial Project for Ebola orphans in the village of Kalia
In Sierra Leone, IsraAID-trained outreach workers have begun performing psychosocial support activities once a week with over 140 Ebola orphans in the village of Kalia, which was hardest hit in Bo District, with over 40 children completely orphaned as a result of the Ebola virus disease.
Over the next six months, the IsraAID-trained outreach workers will meet with the children once a week to perform psychosocial support activities to build the children’s strength and resilience through topical programs such as Safety and Inner Peace, Social Connection and Healing Grief and Trauma.
Training mental health clinicians and social workers in Liberia
Liberia: Last month, IsraAID began its training of 128 mental health clinicians and social workers in Liberia, where an overwhelming number of children who have been affected by the Ebola virus disease have ceased to play and are in daily stress. The group will participate in an experiential training; where they will be provided with tools that would improve the quality of service provided to help children become more resilient.
IsraAID is partnering with UNICEF Liberia and the Local Government Ministries of Liberia who are working tirelessly to help these children.
Water management and technologies in Gulu, Uganda
In northern Uganda, IsraAID is launching its WaMTech program: Water management and technologies in Gulu. IsraAID is working with communities severely affected by the disastrous consequences of a 20 year war to improve community well being (mainly among former child soldiers) while stimulating the business market and creating job opportunities in this remote, underprivileged region.
Together with the ministry of water, and academic institution, IsraAID is working to create a life changing opportunity for the people of this area.