Assistance for "Integrated Approach for the Protection of Vulnerable Populations Affected by the Colombian Conflict on Ecuador's Northern Border" Project
April 19, 2006
- On the 19th of April (Wednesday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 1,914,219.88 US dollars (approximately 212.5 million yen), through the Trust Fund for Human Security to a project entitled "Integrated Approach for the Protection of Vulnerable Populations Affected by the Colombian Conflict on Ecuador's Northern Border" that will be implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
- Ecuador's northern border area hosts a large number of Colombians displaced from their country of origin due to the on-going conflict in the country. Local Ecuadorians and Colombian refugees in the area suffer from prevailing violence and crime, lack of social services and education, and weak governance of local authorities. This project aims at addressing these serious threats towards vulnerable populations such as refugees, poor families, children and women thorough the following activities.
- Addressing protection needs of unaccompanied children and adolescents in the provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi, Imbabura and Sucumbios, such as ensuring access to refugee status determination process;
- Improving access to quality educational opportunities for children living in zones most affected by the conflict;
- Providing school meal and hygiene program at selected schools;
- Promoting local integration of refugees into host community through vocational training, provision of micro-credit and awareness raising activities;
- Elaborating of Interagency Contingency Plan for ensuring effective coordination of responses in major displacement crisis;
- Reducing malnourishment among children and pregnant women by giving mothers of small children and expectant mothers nutritional education.
- This project is expected to improve the livelihoods and dignities of the vulnerable people in northern border area of Ecuador.
The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 at the initiative of the Government of Japan. Since then, total contributions have reached approximately 31.5 billion yen (US$ 279.7 million). The Trust Fund has supported projects from more than 150 UN agencies, each one addressing various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.
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