The conflict in Libya since 2011, has had profound consequences on the rights of children, adversely affecting and weakening the national institutions provision of basic services. Currently, around 1.1 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Libya, among them IDPs, refugees and migrants. Around 40 % of them are children who represent one of the most vulnerable populations in Libya. Protection needs of mixed migrants are one of the priority concerns in the humanitarian context of Libya. Currently, there are some 165,000 internally displaced people and 340,000 returnees in Libya and some 679,897 migrants. Around 44% of the migrant population in Libya are minors, 33% as unaccompanied based on the Displacement Tracking Matrix on July, 2018.
Our client’s mission is to protect the rights of children and young people. In the sector of child protection, the need to strengthen the current protection services and systems in the community level in targeted locations, and to build the capacity of the local actors do provide protection services are identified as main goals for our client in Libya. Our client will establish a multi sectoral centers – Bayti- that provide an integrated service to the target groups vulnerable boys and girls including children on the move. The center will contribute to the social cohesion by bringing all the vulnerable children from the local communities, returnees, IDP’s and children on the move together.
The main activities of the Bayti centers will include access to child-friendly services including, non-formal education, psychosocial support and life skills programs. The establishment of referral mechanisms to ensure the children and families are provided with appropriate assistance. Community mobilization is another critical definition of the model to ensure that children and families are identified and integrated with the host communities. Our client has already established one center in the area Abu Selim that will be scaled incrementally by the end of 2018 with the national partner as well as “Center of Excellence” by an international partner that will be used as a training facility for the national partners implementing the centers elsewhere in the country.