UMR’s approach to Child Protection is to address the full spectrum of risk factors related to violence, abuse, and neglect in the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Our services target children who have seen adversity and conflict and assist them in overcoming arduous circumstances. We link our child protection services closely to healthcare, education, economic development, justice, and humanitarian response for each child and their family.
For example, UMR works in Palestine, where political instability has created an unsustainable economic situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Almost one- third of the Palestinian families live below the poverty line with a monthly income of less than US$6402, 1 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 320,439 children are in need of protection program, including psycho-social support (25,246 in the West Bank and 295,193 in the Gaza strip )
UMR’s Complementary Mechanisms
UMR’s adopted complementary mechanisms for Child Protection. For example, UMR’s Psycho-Social Support (PSS) and Child-Friendly Space initiatives give refugee women and children coping mechanisms to mitigate trauma while increasing critical thinking skills among children, especially younger ones, violence reduction among peers, and greater connectivity and comfort with their host community at large. UMR PSS team has adopted “We Love Reading”- an informal education curriculum designed for children who have experienced education disruption due to conflict.
UMR also aims to create economic opportunities for the children and their families. For example, in Pakistan, UMR provided Monthly Based Cash Assistance to the 100 Orphan Children and Families to have Access to the Basic Needs and Paved the Way for 8850 boys and girls to gain education. In Lebanon, Jordan, and Kenya, UMR’s annual Back to School Campaign aims to reduce the chances that children are left out of schools.