Protection – Quetta

In Quetta, there are a number of projects to provide child friendly spaces and projects orient towards youth and adolescents. These include:

  1. WESS is running a child labour prevention project with drop-in centres for adolescents and children.
  2. Society for Community Development is implementing a project for adolescents and children which includes the creation of several child friendly spaces in Quetta.
  3. CRS is implementing an education and child protection project where children are given awareness sessions in child friendly spaces in community based centres.
  4. Save the Children in 2014 established some 60 children’s clubs in government schools and provided training on disaster risk reduction as well as provision of wheel chairs for disabled children.
  5. In 2015, Save the Children secured funds to provide technical vocational training to some 600 Afghan youths. This project also included the provision of 300 small grants (one-time assistance) to Afghan youths to establish businesses.

Services available for child protection and SGBV survivors include the following:

  1. A shelter home, Darul Aman, managed by the Directorate of Social Welfare provides shelter to SGBV survivors on a long term basis.
  2. Benazir shelter home managed by the Women Development Department provides temporary shelter to women.
  3. SEHER provide legal services, psychosocial counselling and livelihoods skill trainings to SGBV survivors.
  4. Taraqee Foundation provides medical assistance and support to the SGBV survivors.
  5. DANESH provide psychosocial assistance, livelihood support, and support through community based interventions to the SGBV survivors.
  6. CRS is running a project to provide psychosocial counselling for refugee women while those requiring legal assistance are facilitated through the ILAC/ALAC centres managed by CRS and currently operated by IDO.
  7. DANESH has also established child friendly desks at 10 police stations in Quetta for reporting child sexual abuse and violence cases for legal intervention. Those cases requiring medical care are referred to the relevant providers.
  8. DANESH has also established child sexual abuse care units at the government, civil and BMC hospitals to provide impartial and neutral medical services and care to the referred cases of child sexual abuse without any discrimination based on gender or nationality.

Services available for people with specific needs include:

  1. DANESH run a protection monitoring project which includes assistance to persons with specific needs such as people with disabilities.
  2. Directorate of Social Welfare provides services for drug rehabilitation as well as fitting prosthetic limbs support for persons with disabilities.
  3. Legend society is also providing services for drug rehabilitation including testing and counselling for HIV/ AIDS.
  4. BRDRS is implementing a project on raising awareness and prevention of HIV / AIDS.
  5. DANESH together with the Milo Shaheed Trust run a project referring drug addicts to the relevant health providers, irrespective of whether they are Afghan or Pakistani. Unfortunately, to qualify for this project, Afghan PoR cardholders have to attend a court hearing. This project is only implemented in specific localities in Quetta.

While the list above looks relatively comprehensive, given the number of refugees in Quetta, these projects are often considerably over subscribed / under resourced.

Specifically with the shelter homes, many SGBV survivors do not opt to stay in this accommodation due to a complex and overly bureaucratic inclusion process and also that the accommodation is often unlikely to be a sustainable solution.