Victim Assistance

Victim Assistance

Victim assistance is a core pillar of the Executive Secretariat for the Demining and Development of the North West Coast, which aims to address the various needs of mine victims in order to fully rehabilitate and reintegrate them into their communities.

It requires a multi-faceted approach which requires physical rehabilitation, activities to support their social re-integration into their communities, projects to provide victims with ways to generate income, and activities to record and monitor information about landmine victims.


Database

The Executive Secretariat created a database of 740 mine victims and their incidents. The database tracks information to ensure that the victim’s needs are met and that planning with authorities is possible. The data enables mine victims to be recognized
as handicapped and receive support from the Executive Secretariat.

Physical Rehabilitation

An ERW/ landmine explosion can cause various injuries to an individual including the loss of limbs (which is the case with the majority of victims); abdominal, chest and spinal injuries, etc.; blindness and deafness, as well as less-visible psychological
trauma not only to the person who encountered the explosion, but also to the families of those killed or injured.Exec Sec made a remarkable effort in the area of rehabilitation services. For that, Exec Sec introduced the concept of establishing an Artificial Limbs Center in Matrouh Governorate.

Fitting and Maintenance Services for landmine victims mainly take place in Cairo due to the absence of the service in Matrouh Governorate. For that, the Executive Secratariat introduced the concept of
establishing an Artificial Limbs Center in Matrouh Governorate.

So far, a number of 542 fittings took place in addition to the periodical maintenance services. Moreover, a number of victims received other mobility aids that fits with their physical status.

  • – 258 landmine victims who were fitted once
  • – 200 refitted
  • – 51 landmine victims provided with spare parts
  • – 33 patients with amputations resulting from chronic diseases and other accidents.
  • – 25 landmine victims received wheel chairs (regular and electric)

Capacity Building

Local NGOs: The Executive Secretariat endeavored to engage local civil society organizations, mainly for mine risk education and victim empowerment. This took place by selecting four active and reputable
civil society organizations that target landmine victims and/or their families in the Matrouhi governorate. In 2012 and 2013, four NGOs received Capacity Building Training and currently, four more NGOs are currently
being trained.Introducing Technology to Landmine Children Victims: 9 laptops (funded by USAID) were distributed to children as a means of capacity building for the child survivors of mine incidents. Children were given
a training session on how to use the laptops by the Executive Secretariat. The aim of this initiative was to introduce technology to Landmine child victims as means of empowerment and reintegration in the society.
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Economic Empowerment

A series of consultative processes, aiming to engage mine victims in the development process, represented a major shift towards a more participatory, bottom-up approach in which the victims are not merely regarded as recipients of development plans but
as actual drivers of their own development. The process resulted in the Executive Secretariat launching a microcredit loan program, income generating activities and facilitations for employment.
a. Micro-Credit Loans
  • – The Executive Secretariat channeled 4 grants for 2 NGOs: 3 for Matruh Mine Victims for Social and Economic Development and one for Siwa for Community Development and Environmental Conservation Association
    (funded by USAID).
  • – 101 micro-credit loans were disbursed to landmine victims and their households to start their own income generating projects.
b. Income Generating Projects
  • Kiosk Projects: The Executive Secretariat established 16 Kiosk Projects (filled with products) for landmine victims and their families in Siwa, Sidi Barani, Salloum, Daba’a, and Marsa Matruh.
  • Sewing Machine Projects: 40 sewing machines were distributed along with vocational training with a priority for female landmine victims, deceased landmine victims’ widows, landmine children’s mothers,
    and landmine survivors’ wives and daughters.
  • Livestock: The Executive Secretariat along with the Animal Production Research Institute support landmine victims and their families through livestock enterprises development projects. The overall
    objective of this activity is to reintegrate a minimum number of 80 households of landmine victims into the local economy, with a special emphasis on gender balance.
c. Facilitation for Employment
  • – Following the announcement of the Central Agency for Organization and Administration about the opening of 5000 job opportunities for the disabled in Egypt, the Executive Secretariat committed itself to
    helping mine victims apply for these vacancies. As a result, 28 victims were accepted in different posts.
  • – Improving the Living Conditions: Household Water wells: 24 water wells were constructed to 24 households of landmine victims. The aim of this project is to provide a pure source of water for these households
    that are located in the desert where water is scarce.

Improving the Living Conditions

Household Water wells: 24 water wells were constructed to 24 households of landmine victims. The aim of this project is to provide a pure source of water for these households that are located in the desert where water is scarce.