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Making a Difference fro Refugee Children in Europe

2016-06-15

In the context of the refugee crisis in the Balkan region and the closure of the "Balkan route corridor", the "Making a Difference for Refugee Children in Europe" project aims at supporting refugee children, with a special focus on unaccompanied and separated children (UASC).

Being funded by the UK's Department for International Development, the project is implemented in Greece and Serbia by the International Rescue Committee and its partners, while Terre des hommes (Tdh) focuses its intervention on Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. In these 3 countries, Tdh monitors the situation, in order to be able to deploy units when needed. The project started in June 2016 and will end June 2017. 

Tdh developed a flexible response mechanism to address urgent needs of migrant and refugee children, using a surveillance system. Mobile teams of trained social workers, psychologists and interpreters are able to be rapidly deployed to locations. 

This project builds on Tdh experience of running safe spaces for refugee children and their families. Therefore, Tdh offers psychological and emotional support, a safe space and access to basic services, including protection, health, education, legal information, food and WASH.

Finally, Tdh produces monthly monitoring and surveillance reports, relying on the information provided by professionals on the ground  This surveillance process also contributes to the production of a global monthly report on the political, legal and child protection context in the Balkan countries and feed the advocacy efforts at national and international level.