United to improve assistance to refugees and migrants in Ecuador
We would like to send a special thank you to all our donors for the support they provide to families with children and adolescents on the move in Ecuador.
On behalf of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), we would like to send a special thank you to all our donors for the support they provide to families with children and adolescents on the move in Ecuador.
Thanks to the United Nations Common Cash Statement (UNCCS), of which we are a pilot country, we are meeting the food security, health, nutrition, protection, education and inclusion needs of people on the move in Ecuador more effectively.
Here, the UNCCS aims to strengthen the delivery of cash assistance to people on the move through the implementation of a common payment mechanism and joint registration and data management processes, along with psychosocial support and information for families.
WHAT IS THE ADDED VALUE OF UNCCS?
The added value of the UNCCS is based on its three pillars: a single procurement, a unique entry system and interoperability. Traditionally, when families approach UN agencies and their partners, they have to go through various interviews, with distinct officials and questions, in which they have to detail more than once the difficult circumstances that have forced them to leave their country and the vulnerable situation in which they find themselves.
Through the UNCCS, they only have one interview, in which the partners of the three agencies create a single record for evaluating complementary assistance. With this mechanism, we:
- Improve the experience of the people receiving assistance, while
reducing waiting times.
- Avoid duplication of efforts
- Facilitate the implementation and follow-up of assistance.
- Promote a collaborative approach for the harmonization of cash
transfer programs, achieving greater program efficiency.
Types and objectives of assistance:
MULTIPURPOSE CASH TRANSFER PROGRAM - UNHCR
The Multipurpose Grant is given to refugee and asylum-seeking families for three consecutive months. The amount varies according to the size of the family group and is intended to cover most of their basic needs such as rent, health, communication, etc...
Cash assistance plays a vital role in covering basic and emerging needs, including reducing the risk that families will engage in negative coping strategies.
REDEEMABLE FOOD VOUCHER PROGRAM - WFP
To promote access to food and the consumption of nutritious diets, the most vulnerable families in human mobility receive a voucher redeemable for food in stores and supermarkets nationwide, the amount of which varies according to the size and composition of the household.
The program prioritizes households with pregnant women and children up to 2 years of age, who receive an additional amount. Assistance is provided for an initial period of 6 months, with the possibility of extension for another 6 months depending on the vulnerability of the household. This assistance is complemented with educational-communication messages on nutrition, protection and gender.
The World Food Programme cash assistance empowers households and boosts local food consumption, according to their preferences and nutritional needs.
COMPLEMENTARY CASH TRANSFER FROM UNICEF ECUADOR
This cash assistance is given to families with migrant and refugee children and adolescents who, after receiving assistance from UNHCR for three months, are still in an extremely vulnerable situation. It is provided for nine months, in order to assist families in areas such as education, health, child protection and integration into the host communities.
The amounts vary according to the number of children in the family, and are aligned with the amounts provided by the national social protection program. In addition, the assistance provides a complementary education credit to mitigate the educational barriers they may encounter, such as access to technology, connectivity, textbooks and educational materials.
received help at the perfect time, because I arrived alone with a suitcase, my children, without support from anyone and a lot of uncertainty. It helped me to get settled in, to find a place to sleep and to provide food for my children for several months. Thank God, today we are much better, I feel at home, working, getting ahead and infinitely grateful for all the help they gave us at the most opportune time".