Protection and Community Services Project to IDPs
Project Duration: January 1 – December 2011, 2011
Target beneficiaries: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) residing in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a and in Sana’a governorate
The Protection Monitoring and Community Services project for IDPs initially started in February 2010 and was then extended throughout 2011. ADRA has undertaken to provide protection monitoring and community services to IDPs in Sana’a Governorate, and in particular the capital of Sana’a, as well as to support IDPs to improve their livelihood conditions through enhanced access to education, small business grant and business skill development training.
Through direct and daily interaction with IDPs in ADRA’s Community Center located in Al-Hasabah district in Sana'a city, in addition to regular field visits, the ADRA team continues to focus on identifying persons with special needs and ensuring adequate assistance through direct interventions or referrals to the relevant assistance providers and partner organizations based on approved referral mechanisms. Activities also include social, psychosocial and legal counseling and up-to-date information on services available to IDPs (registration, assistance, access to health care, education, social welfare etc.) and conducting awareness raising activities on critical issues such as the promotion of IDPs’ rights and the importance of good health practices. At the same time, ADRA has developed livelihood support activities in an effort to encourage individuals to launch their own income-generation projects and enhanced the provision of English and computer classes, ultimately promoting early recovery and self-reliance among the IDP community.
Since the outbreak of violent clashes in Al-Hasabah district (Sana’a city) on May 23, 2011, ADRA has been working along with other international agencies and NGOs to answer the needs of the new displaced families. Early June, ADRA staff members conducted needs assessment in various districts of Sana’a in collaboration with UNHCR, IOM and CARE. Since the beginning of the conflict, ADRA has also been distributed emergency non-food items and hygiene kits respectively provided by UNHCR and UNICEF.
In June and July 2011, ADRA distributed emergency items to about 200 families (1,220 individuals) recently displaced from Al-Hasabah while it simultaneously assisted 93 families (692 families) previously displaced from Sa’ada in April/May 2011. In July, ADRA assessed new families and identified a total 229 families (1,541 individuals) in need of assistance. ADRA is collaborating with UNHCR to answer their needs promptly.
Additionally, ADRA team continues to provide counseling services and financial assistance to vulnerable IDP households in Sana’a.