SUDAN

Mygoma orphanage

Mothers of children born out of wedlock in Sudan are at risk of complete social discrimination. This is why many desperate women abandon their new born children on the streets of the capital Khartoum. The little ones then often only have one chance of survival – the Mygoma orphanage.

In 1986 the picture was not pretty: the babies werer sick and neglected, the levels of hygiene were catastrophic. Step by step we managed to put an end to this depressing situation. The sanitation areas and the kitchen were renovated. The care staff were trained, the children received medical treatment, nutrition and physiotherapy programmes were set up and a playground was built. Sudanese parents received support throughout adoption procedures and a placement programme with SOS children’s villages was set up.

 

RUANDA

Opportunities for Butare’s street children

Following the genocide, war and displacement there were thousands of street children in Rwanda. Many lost parents and siblings. This is why places such as the youth centre in Butare are so important. It provides around 350 children with a social meeting place and a solid education. Through financial support CHILDREN´S RELIEF – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e. V. looks after the renovation of the buildings as well as the training of the young people as carpenters, tailors, bricklayers, metal workers or farmers. Providing them with their first set of tools gives them a good start into their working lives.

PAKISTAN

School clothing and teaching materials for children

To enable children to get back to school and take the first step into a normal routine in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, 120 children from a small village north of Muzaffarabad received school uniforms, shoes and school books. New toys, balls and cricket bats also went down extremely well.

IRAQ

Rebuilding healthcare provision in Halabja

The towm of Halabja near the Iranian border was devastated by the Iraqi armed forces and targeted toxic gas attacks. Despite this people still returned to their homeland. They lived amongst rubble and were confronted with land-mined wells and fields as well as an infrastructure and electricity supplies which had been destroyed. CHILDREN´S RELIEF – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e. V. was involved in rebuilding the healthcare provision in the region, rebuilding the hospitals, specialist training of the medical personnel, advice services for maternity and nutrition, setting up a laboratory and X-ray department, an orthopaedic workshop and a dental clinic, as well as providing physiotherapy support for landmine victims, particularly children.

 

Building up the infrastructure in Halabja

Children´s Relief – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e. V. made donated funds available so that the electricity and water supplies in the Halabja region could be reconnected and secured, and new schools and houses built. The initiation of agriculturural programmes meant that a new and sustainable basis for living was created for the people.

 

UGANDA

Help for children and young people in Naguru Remand Home

 

Naguru Remand Home in Kampala houses 127 young people, many of whom are street children with no chance of a just legal process, in inhumane conditions. On our first visit we were shocked: we found the levels of hygiene unbearable.

The children cowered sick and apathetic in their cells. There were only four tables and six benches available to all of the inmates. CHILDREN´S RELIEF – Hilfe für Kinder in Not e. V. supported in the repair and new provision of badly needed furniture, in making improvements to medical care, and in enabling pastime activities such as music, dance, theatre or sport.

 

SRI LANKA

Gangodawila Girl’s Home

Children whose families lost their lives in the tsunami now have a new home in Columbo. The Gangodawila Girls’ Home has taken on a lot of the orphans. It provides around 200 girls from 6 months to 18 years old with somewhere to live. It includes a pre-school unit, a school and a career training centre. There young women learn printing, painting, weaving and sewing. The skills they learn provide them with a good basis to be able to support themselves and earn money independently. The Gangodawila Girls’ Home does not receive sufficient funding and, as a result, is reliant on donations.

BOSNIEN UND HERZEGOWINA

Children’s Relief Bosnia and Herzegovina MISSION STATEMENT

Children’s Relief-Hilfe fuer Kinder in Not e.V. was established to create and enable environment for healthy and prosperous life for children in extreme settings, in conflict, post conflict and developing countries. CR is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children – victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all forms of violence and exploitation and those with disabilities. Children’s Relief is non-governmental, non-partisan and its cooperation is free of discrimination. In everything it does, CR supports adolescents and youth, single parents particularly young mothers and most disadvantaged children have priority.

 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – NATIONAL CONTEXT

Annex VII-Return Strategy
The Revised Strategy for the implementation of Annex VII of the Dayton Peace Agreement continues to be the overarching framework for achieving durable solutions for the remaining 103,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in BiH, including over 8,600 persons living in Collective Centers (CCs) and over 15,000 in temporary “alternative accommodation”. The Strategy also addresses the sustainability of return for nearly 470,000 minority returnees, many of whom have been unable to reintegrate and remain vulnerable. Today there are around 3,000 households in 107 municipalities throughout BiH where pre-war inhabitants had returned to their homes at least five years ago but have been living deprived of electric power ever since or water supply in cases of collective centers.

Rural Development
61% of the BiH population lives in rural municipalities, putting it in fourth place behind Montenegro, Ireland and Finland. Half of rural households have little or no involvement with agriculture, at most keeping a vegetable garden. 36% of rural households operate “smallholdings”, producing a significant share of their own food requirements, but generating very little cash income. The 2007 Household Budget Survey showed that 20% of rural people live in poverty compared to 18% in urban areas, and that their poverty is 9% deeper, but the distribution is very different: rural poverty is spread out amongst a large number of small households (e.g. many pensioners) whilst urban poverty is concentrated on a smaller number of large households (e.g. families with children).

Access to Justice
Over 800,000 people do not have access to legal aid and assistance. The most affected groups in BiH include poor and persons with low income; children without parental care; victims of domestic and gender-based violence; asylum seekers; minorities and stateless people, and victims of human trafficking; persons with disabilities.

 

Sexual and Gender Based Violence
Limited progress in judicial reform processes has been made in terms of development of draft national strategies and action plans. Nonetheless, the challenges and needs for victims of the war have not been addressed entirely and are governed by different laws and policies at different layers of the government. Over 46% of women in BiH have been exposed to and are victims of violence. The highest percentage of 36% is among adolescent girls and young women of age 15-34. Over 50% are victims of psychological and emotional violence, while 26% are victims of physical and sexual violence. The number of reported cases is decreasing due to provisions of laws that are regulating protective measures, fines and processing of cases. The average time for processing of these cases is between 18 months to 3 years.

Youth
Most of the young people want to leave BiH: only one in ten would not leave BiH for an extended period or permanently. In relation to other vulnerable groups, the Roma youth are the most willing to leave BiH for temporary employment, marriage or permanent residence in a foreign country. Only one in six of the young people were interested in politics and most of them believe that they hold no influence over decision-making outside of their circle of family and friends. Therefore, it is not surprising to learn that many of the young people did not vote.