CHAD INTERNATIONAL

VISION

Ensure an educationally and politically sustained society where young people and women will exercise their health (sexual reproductive) and political rights.

MISSION

Create an enabling environment that promotes the involvement of young people and women in decision-making matters that will enhance their development.

WHO WE ARE

We are a youth driven and dedicated group of individuals determined to make an impact on this generation.We save lives and empower individuals by responding to emergency situations caused by insurgency in North East Nigeria.

WHAT WE DO

  • Youth Development
  • Child Protection
  • Education
  • Nutrition
  • WASH
  • Health
  • Women/Youth Empowerment
We support efforts to strengthen Youth Development systems through  capacity building and respond to their problems such as violence, neglect, exploitation and abuse. We also render protection, support services and reunify unaccompanied and separated Youths.

We support efforts to strengthen child protection systems to prevent and respond to exploitation, abuse and violence, and ensure access to quality care, protection and support services. We also reunify unaccompanied and separated children.

We support efforts to provide access quality education to children in had to reach communities. Implementing programmes that  focus on empowering the Future of our Country.

We give support by providing sustainable access to better sources of water, sanitation facilities and also promote hygiene practices in communities & schools.

We provide counseling and services on range of children and youth health and development issues including reproductive health as it effects teenage pregnancy, spread of STIs, drug abuse and other health/development problems. We also provide care and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and people affected by HIV/AIDS e.g AIDS orphans and their caregivers. We also provide periodic free medical care services for children and their mothers (care-givers) from poor families in our target communities.

AWARDS

CHILD PROTECTION EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Since the inception of insurgence in the North-East Nigeria, CHAD Int’l has played a major role since 2015 to ensure that the affected populations have access to better care and protection from all forms of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation. CHAD Int’l has implemented and still implementing in these locations/LGAs in Borno State which include;

Bama, Ngala, Gwoza, Kalabalge, Dikwa, Damboa, Monguno, Mafa, Mobbar, MMC, Konduga

CHAD INT’L PRESENCE AND SOME OF IT’S ACTIVITIES BORNO STATE, NORTH-EAST NIGERIA

Our child protection activity in emergency case management work include

  • Identification and registration of unaccompanied and separated minor, child survivor of GBV and other vulnerable children with protection concern for integrated case management.

  • Tracing and reunification of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) as well as their caregivers/parents for onward reunification.

  • Support Borno state Ministry of Women Affair and Social Development (MWASD) in the placement of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in the community based family-like alternative care for adequate care and supervision.

  • Strengthening families and communities child protection system: Children and their families suffer both physically, emotionally and mentally in the aftermath of an emergency. In responds, CHAD cerate’s safe environments for children through child and adolescent friendly space where children and adolescents can access psychosocial activities, support networks, life-saving information and be referred to other services. Positive parenting counseling is also provided to help parents/caregivers develop skills to cope with challenges. These includes; PSS activities, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPS) activities as well as Psychosocial First Aid (PFA).

  • Holding of community inter-generational meeting which is aimed at identifying prevalent child protection risk at the local level, build consensus and develop local action plans/ strategies to address the identified child protection risk in the communities.

  • Youth empowerment: Training of adolescent boys and girls on livelihood activities such as cap knitting, soap making, bead making, and bakery as well as other livelihood activities.

  • Strengthening local system: CHAD works in collaboration with community based organization including community stakeholders such as community/religious leaders, local government authorities, education authorities, child protection actors and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to meet the needs of children and their caregivers. This is always accompanied by providing training and building the capacities of partners to support existing structures within communities that keep children safe.

  • Building from lessons learned in program evaluations, research, need assessments and contextual analysis, CHAD influence policy, practice and budgets on child protection in disaster resilience, preparedness, response and recovery at the national and local levels.

  • Advocacy, community sensitization/awareness raising activities on emerging child protection needs, right, building protective structures/environment, referrer pathways of network of available services at their disposal.

Pychosocial Support and the wellbeing of children

With the decade long herculean task of ensuring peace in the north-eastern states of Nigeria, particularly in Borno state, millions of persons have been left vulnerable and in need of not only  physical support such shelter, feeding and healthcare but also psychosocial support particularly amongst children.

  The word ‘Psychosocial’ not only deals with issues pertaining to psychology but also touches on social aspects and contexts on the individual. When discussing the issue of psychosocial support, we can look into how it helps individuals and communities heal from psychological wounds and rebuild social structures after an emergency or critical event such as the current insurgency in Nigeria (Borno State).   

                     The child well-being

In regard to the well-being of a child, it can be referred to as the overall activities geared towards ensuring all the welfare of a child in all the spheres of life. These include all the activities that ensures that a child is safe and develops both physically and mentally in a good condition. Thus, the need and importance of conventions such as the UN convention on the rights of the child is as crucial as the survival of a child.This convention has served as the basis in which humanitarian actors operates. 

CHAD's Staff Children during PSS activities in Kalabelge LGA (Rann) Borno State, Nigeria.
CHAD Int’l staff and children during out door PSS activities in Kalabelge (Rann) LGA, Borno State Nigeria

It has been noticed that during crisis situations, children often struggle with finding healthy coping mechanisms compared to adults in the same situation. While adults can easily speak on how they feel, children on the other hand most often express their fears behaviorally.  Regression, aggression and isolation are few of the physical manifestations of a child suffering from post-traumatic distress. If left unattended may become an impediment as the child transits into adulthood. According to UNHCR suggested that ‘over 2.7 million people have been displaced, including over 1.9 million internally….. in North-Eastern Nigeria, over 541,000 IDPs in Cameroon, Chad and Niger’  . It is suffix to say that the greater number of the most affected people are children in which many of them lost their parents during the plight. It is on this sphere that CHAD Int’l embarked on MHPSS to save the children mental health distress. This calls for the urgent need of Mental Health and psychosocial Support (MHPSS) among other actors too.

MENTAL HEALTH AND PSYCHOSOCIAL SSUPPORT (MHPSS)

The term ‘Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) according to The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refers to,

Any type of local or outside support that aims to protect or promote psychosocial well-being or prevent or treat mental disorder

In a crises situation, children normally lost safe space thereby exposing them to life threatening conditions such as violence; neglect and abuse are always at its peak, resulting from breakdown of laws mostly by Non State Arm Group (NSAG) on the part of the terrorist cases. Children affected with these are always involved in risk taking behaviors. This scenario is peculiar to most communities in Borno state where there is mass displacement of many children and their parents/caregivers. Traditional community settings and family links has been broken down, socio-economic constrains affecting sustainable rural livelihood. This have imposed psychosocial problem to some of the affected population, thereby making them to facing life threatening condition; Violence, abuse, neglect, family separation, abduction, harmful child labour recruitment into arm group, inability to have access to service and other harmful child practices. All these have short and long term impacts on children.

A vulnerable 7 years old boy doing shoe maker

Indeed, individuals have different copping mechanism. Some may develop aggressive behavior, while the most affected may develop negative copping mechanism which may lead to acute mental disorder, poor mental development, drug abuse and among others. To address  and bridge the gap in prevalent mental health  related issues, CHAD Int’l, in partnership with other Humanitarian actors provided a safe space (CFS) in some of the communities/LGAs in Borno state which include; Bama, Ngala, Gwoza, Kalabalge, Dikwa, Damboa, Monguno, Mafa, Mobbar, MMC, Konduga these are the areas where we(CHAD INT’L) are implementing our activities in Borno State with the mandate of insuring that all the affected children regain their resilience through our constructive psychosocial activities.

Under our current running partnership with Nigeria Humanitarian Fund(NHF), CHAD Int’l has so far engaged with the following mandates;                                                      

  • To ensure that children have a good safe space (CFS) for their recreational activities and promote child’s right in accordance with UNHCR standard, irrespective of gender/sex, race or religion. Our term stands on the child protection principles of no discrimination.
  • Case managing of unaccompanied and separated children and other vulnerable children with protection concerns.
  • Engaging children on life skill activities that will enable them to regain their resilience
  • To ensure that identified persons (children) sufferings from mental disorder has access to services where he or she will receive mental health service and social care.
  • To strengthening the protection concern and the well-being of children and their parents/caregivers.
  • Holding recreational, social leaning and creative activities in our Child Friendly Space (CFS).

OUR SUCCESS SO FAR ON CASE MANAGEMENT 

On CHAD Int’l Case Management activities, over 47,031 have been reached and have benefited through these interventions;

  • Many children regained their resilience through our structured recreational, social learning and creative activities of CHAD Int’l Psychosocial Support (PSS).
  • Alternative caregiver and foster parents have been trained on positive parenting and child protection.
  • Many of unaccompanied and separated children placed in alternative home are well taking care of in a family like.
  • Unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) have received an adequate case management service.
  • UASC and other vulnerable children living with the vulnerable caregivers have received various support of food items and non-food items
  • We have reunified many unaccompanied children who lost their parents/caregivers during the plight, now they  are with their families once again. Most of them were identified during our PSS section.
  • Many separated children reunified with parents/caregiver have been supported with post reunification support of food items
  • There are many  vulnerable children who have benefited and received case management and have linked them to other support and services.
  • We ensured that many benefiters or survivors of Gender Base Violence (GBV) / Sexual Gender Base Violence survivors (SGBV) benefited from our case management activities.
  • Many GBV survivors benefited from our dignity kits (NFIs).

The needs are endless as the protracted conflict is not abating, and thousand and hundreds of children being displaced often and on; creating more room for supports and assistants from donor agencies across the world.

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