In Libya, due to the protracted armed conflict, political and economic crises and the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF estimates that nearly 1.3 million people, including 468,000 children, require humanitarian assistance. Children and their families are experiencing a fast deterioration in public services – especially in the fields of education and health –, higher food and fuel prices due to cuts in state subsidies and loss of shelter and livelihood opportunities, leading to severe protection concerns.
To address these difficult challenges, in the framework of the UNICEF-funded project Enhancing the resilience of vulnerable girls, boys and their caregivers in West Libya through access to quality education and Child Protection services, Cesvi runs three Baity Centers in Tripoli, Misrata and Zuwarah. The Baity Centers provide children with a safe space to recover from traumatic events, interact with each other and explore positive interactions with their peers and adults. Through the project, Cesvi promotes quality education to out-of-school children and remedial classes for those children in need and at risk of dropping out of school. Moreover, Cesvi offers protection services addressed to children and families in need, sensitises caregivers and community members on child protection and offers psychological support to the most vulnerable children.
On the 10th of October 2021, Cesvi was pleased to welcome the EU Delegation to Libya – which paid a kind visit to Cesvi-run Baity Center in Tripoli – to get hands-on experience on how the Center is contributing to the well-being of children in the country.