Improved health for 230 children in Sierra Leone

 
$135
$25,365
Raised
Remaining
May 16, 2013

Day Care Centre Established!

Children at the centre
Children at the centre

MUWODA, the local partner in Sierra Leone, has so far focused on setting up the project, particularly a day care centre for young children. 

Establishment of Day Care Centre
MUWODA has established a fully operational day care centre having purchased teaching materials, classroom furniture, uniforms, and play equipment.  The centre now provides childcare for up to 30 children aged 1-6.  Having to stay at home to care for their children, a number of mothers were previously unable to find work; other mothers left their children alone or in the care of older siblings.  Now mothers can find work to improve their socio-economic status safe in the knowledge their children are receiving proper care and attention. 

Every day, mothers drop their children off on the way to work and collect them in the afternoon.  As well as expert care by experienced and qualified staff, the centre offers nutritious meals, early childhood education, and a wide range of stimulating activities for children.

Outreach and Awareness Raising
The project also raised awareness on child rights throughout the community through a number of workshops and meetings in schools and the community, as well as radio panel discussions.  In total, 750 children, 25 community leaders, and 25 law enforcement officers have been reached so far.  The meetings and radio programmes aimed to raise awareness about issues affecting children and increase the community’s involvement in providing support to these children.  MUWODA also bought to two motorbikes to enable its field staff to carry out outreach visits throughout the community.

Training
MUWODA has trained 12 Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) staff members on nutrition education.  The Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) are designed to be the delivery point for primary health care in Sierra Leone. This training aimed to improve the skills and knowledge of the PHU staff in order to better educate local community members on health and nutrition.

Feb 28, 2013

"I am now a productive woman."

Muloma Women’s Development Association (MUWODA) is a community based organisation that focuses on improving the socio-economic situation of marginalised women, youth and children who have found themselves in difficult circumstances.  One of the ways MUWODA does this is through its vocational training programme.  Cyrilyn is one of over 250 people who have received training.

“I attended Luke’s Commercial Secondary School and attained 3rd form in 2003.  I could not continue schooling because of lack of support.  My parents were both old and not able to fend for themselves.  I became the source of their livelihood.  While looking for support from possible philanthropists for both my schooling and support of my ageing parents, a young man pretended to be one and promised he was going to help me go back to school, but that we should be boyfriend and girlfriend.  Unfortunately, I became pregnant before schools reopened, so the idea of going to school was no longer feasible.

“My misfortune continued when the man abandoned me while pregnant and until now I do not know where he is.  I had to care for the baby alone.  During that time, I had to resort to frying and selling of cake to be able to support the home and the fatherless baby.  I was at the mercy of men.  I wanted money for the above reasons so I used to yield to most things that could have earned me my daily sustenance.  Men could call for the cake and end up yearning for me, most of which I accepted.  So I was more or less trading in my body than in the cake.

“In one of my ordeals, I came across a Fulla, driver by profession, who proposed marriage to me.  As usual, I yielded but this time with caution.  At the end, however, I was indulged into sex and the man started mistreating me.  I did not know that I was pregnant so I decided to go to the Sierra Rutile company to seek a job where a cousin of mine is.  I did not know what job I was going for.  I did not see the sister but made a friend in the mining area who kept me for some time.  While with the friend, I felt sick and was taken to hospital where it was disclosed that I was pregnant.  Left with no alternative, I returned to Kenema to ensure that the man responsible for the pregnancy take responsibility.  He advised that I go for abortion which I outrightly denied.  He refused to take care but was forced by his relations and he did for some time.

“He supported me a few months after delivery and later abandoned me and the child.  I had almost given up as all efforts to get stability in my life were failing, and then I heard about the UNDP Youth Support Project through a local councillor.  I applied and was admitted into the programme at the MUWODA Skills Training Centre in Kenema.

“I am now a productive woman after training at MUWODA and proud to say that my physical condition has changed.  My dignity as a woman is fully restored.  I no longer accept men for the simple reason of getting my daily bread.  People and groups knowing my handiwork in the kitchen now give me catering contracts and I am conveniently living on that.  My experience as a result of sharing with my fellow trainees has tremendously increased.  My advice to others out there is to have hope and prepare for future through training.”

* Name changed to protect anonymity

Oct 29, 2012

New Day Care Centre established!

International Childcare Trust has working in partnership with Muloma Women’s Development Association (MUWODA) since 2011, supporting ‘Empower 840 Women & Children in Sierra Leone’. 

This project aims to protect and empower over 1,000 disadvantaged and war-affected children and youth in Sierra Leone through provision of vital services, knowledge and skills, including training in nutrition and crop production for mothers, vocational training for youths, and awareness raising on child rights within the community.

So far, with the donations we’ve received, MUWODA has been able to establish a Day Care Centre, which will provide care, play and pre-primary education to up to 30 children aged 1-6 each year.  This will give young vulnerable mothers, who previously had to stay at home and care for their children, increased opportunity to find employment and improve their socio-economic conditions.  The donations have specifically been used to furnish and equip the centre and pay the salaries of the teachers and care givers. 

Stay tuned for further updates on the Day Care Centre and the other elements of the project which are yet to get started!  We are just waiting for some new photos - as soon as we receive them, we'll put them up!

Jul 27, 2012

Update on work in Sierra Leone

Children in Kenema
Children in Kenema

International Childcare Trust has working in partnership with Muloma Women’s Development Association (MUWODA) since 2011, supporting Support to Women and Children in Difficult Circumstances. 

This project aims to protect and empower over 1,000 disadvantaged and war-affected children and youth in Sierra Leone through provision of vital services, knowledge and skills, including training in nutrition and crop production for mothers, vocational training for youths, and awareness raising on child rights within the community.

We are still trying to secure sufficient funds in order to start this vital project.  We will let you know as soon as it gets going!!

May 8, 2012

Project Update

Teachers, community mobilisers and children
Teachers, community mobilisers and children

International Childcare Trust has working in partnership with Muloma Women’s Development Association (MUWODA) since 2011, supporting Support to Women and Children in Difficult Circumstances.  This project aims to protect and empower over 1,000 disadvantaged and war-affected children and youth in Sierra Leone through provision of vital services, knowledge and skills, including training in nutrition and crop production for mothers, vocational training for youths, and awareness raising on child rights within the community.


We are still trying to secure sufficient funds in order to start this vital project.  We will let you know as soon as it gets going!!

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