The Protection program works to achieve safety, dignity and the rights of people. It aims to reduce further exposure to harm or humiliation and allows access to impartial assistance without discrimination or fear of physical or psychological harm. Activities offer support for issues ranging from psychologically affected children and women, gender based violence to mental health referrals.
Safeguarding the rights and well-being of people affected by conflicts, by ensuring access to basics for survival- from food, to protection from violence, fear of being forced from their homes or being denied access to relief. Also by creating the environment to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
Areas of Expertise:
On topics of human rights and available support using a comprehensive referral service.
Improve the protection mainstream implementation and monitoring across all programs.
WATAN’s two community centres located inside Syria to be used to integrate communities and provide Psycho-Social Support (PSS).
WATAN Program History:
WATAN’s first project in the protection program, in 2012 offered Psychological treatment for child refugees in Tripoli, Lebanon in partnership with USAID through the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). The program continued in the same year through to 2013, to provide support to 3,000 orphans.
WATAN’s protection mobile teams are readily available to provide Psycho-Social Support (PSS) sessions in cases of emergencies. A service mapping tool for health and educational services is also used for situations in need for rapid response, to inform IDP’s and refugees of where the nearest service is to their new location, with further follow-up for some cases.
WATAN’s protection program aims to safeguard as many of the affected by the Syrian crisis as possible. The program strives to respond rapidly, but have a sustainable impact. Empowering girls and women is key in these long-term goals of the protection program, by giving access to resources, which encourages and empowers women with the skills and confidence necessary to creating a healthy living environment and regaining an income for her family.
The protection program:
2012- 875 beneficiaries
2013- 11,000 beneficiaries
2014- 7,993 beneficiaries
2015- 13,466 beneficiaries
2016- 11,913 beneficiaries
Total accumulative number of beneficiaries: 45,247 beneficiaries
Locations of intervention: