ECHO project LAUNCHED to ENSURE Burundian refugees in NDUTA, MTENDELI AND NYARUGUSU refugee camps ACCESS LIFESAVING protection and education services

Thursday 19 July 2018

ECHO is funding a consortium (Plan International Tanzania, Save the Children International and International Rescue Committee) to ensure that Burundian refugees access lifesaving protection and education services in refugee camps in Nduta, Mtendeli and Nyarugusu camps in Tanzania. The partners have a cumulative of 84 years presence in Tanzania and have worked together to respond to the Burundian refugee crisis since 2015/16.For the past three years, Plan International, Save the Children, and IRC have been in consortium implementing ECHO protection programming focusing on children and other persons of concern. They will now focus on providing gender and age sensitive lifesaving protection services to children, youth and women who are either at risk or have been subjected to neglect, violence, exploitation and abuse. Moreover, the protective education component is also complementary with existing education interventions. 

The Burundian refugees living in Tanzanian refugee camps, particularly children and other persons of concern are facing protection risks, due to limited access to quality education, protection services and gaps in funding. The 10 months ECHO funded project will enhance the protection of refugee’s boys and girls, including alternative care for children, education, and participation to build their psychosocial resilience whilst living in the camps, and when they return to Burundi.  This project will provide them with lifesaving protection and education services, including Mental Health and Psycho-Social Services (MHPSS).  The project will be targeting 91,252 male and female, boys and girls who are most vulnerable refugees, including children and survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV), and adolescents. 

Plan International and Save the Children will extend its current Child Protection and Psychosocial services response services but also increase children's access to inclusive and quality formal education through supporting children during early childhood development and alternative education. This will enable them to enter or re-enter formal schooling, mainstreaming protection within education services provided.


About ECHO 

ECHO, Humanitarian aid, the European Commission Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department shares competence with EU Member States and together they are one of the leading global humanitarian donors. ECHO addresses human suffering, with particular attention to the most vulnerable groups of people, while respecting the dignity of all victims (humanity); does not favor any side in a conflict (neutrality); is provided solely on the basis of needs, without any kind of discrimination (impartiality); is independent of any agenda, be it political, economic, military or else (independence). When it comes to civil protection, the EU assumes a supporting role, coordinating voluntary contributions of in-kind assistance from countries participating in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.


About Save the Children  

Save the Children is an independent organization for children, working in more than 120 countries, saving children's lives; fighting for their rights; and helping them fulfill their potential. Save the Children works to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children has been working in Tanzania since 1986 and focuses on seven thematic areas: Child Protection, Health, Nutrition, Child Rights Governance, Education, Food Security and Livelihoods, and Emergency response.


About Plan International Tanzania  

Plan is an international child - centered Development Organization whose mission is to achieve lasting improvements in the quality of life of deprived children through a process that unites people across cultures and adds meaning and value to their lives. Plan has been working in Tanzania since 1991, supporting children and communities to gain better access to health, education, water, sanitation and hygiene, livelihoods and protection.


About IRC

The IRC has been operating in Tanzania since 1993, responding to a large influx of refugees from the neighboring countries of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Rwanda. The IRC currently support more than 350,000 refugees and asylum seekers residing in the North Western part of Tanzania, providing them with emergency relief, specialized support for women victims of violence, access to education for school- aged children, reliable maternal and mental health services, child protection services, and support to people with disabilities and special needs