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May 9, 2019

Shelter for Abused Girls, Sierra Leone

Dear Donors, Friends, Family and Contributors:

 

Since our last report, we would like to show you what your generous contribution and friendship has given to commit+act's Shelter for Abused Girls in Bo, Sierra Leone.

It has given us:    

 

                       A Water Tower that give the Shelter residents and volunteers and staff, safe, clean water.

                       Solar Panels - that makes life cool in the summer and warm in the winter months.

                       Cook house with space for storage - where we can save food instead of having to dispose of them for 

                       spoilage as there was truly no space to store them.

                       Reliable Vehicle which allows us to transport girls who have no means of reachig the Shelter and,

                       allows us to bring them a few minutes of relaxation and a change of pace at a local beach.

                       Vegetable Garden, which give the residents nutritious and healthy food.

Our future goals incllude building a playground for the children born out of a traumatic beginning, and for the mothers, who are still at the youthful age that they could share in the joys of childhood; a bigger shelter so we could house more abused girls.

We bring these abused girls hope for a different kind of future life, counseling to help them overcome their traumatic experience, and we can provide medical attention and examination.

Your generosity and friendship have given us the tools with which to continue the good work and to save an abused girl.

We hope and pray for your continued support and friendship.

In gratitude,

 

Dr. Jen

Jennifer Nardozzi, PsyD

Board Member and USA Representative 

Feb 7, 2019

Shelter for Abused Girls, Sierra Leone

Dear Donors, Colleagues, Friends and Family:

Thanks to the generous contributions from all of you over the last few years that has enabled us to build a shelter for abused girls in Sierra Leone, helped women and girls who were subjected to emotional, physical and sexual abuse to recover and increase our bed capacity from 12 beds to 32 over the past year.

We finished the new shelter and helped reduce the incidence of sexual abuse among girls: 312 in 2016; 230 in 2017 and 201 in 2018.

We have improved the nutritional status of abused girls through regular feeding; we did flood prevention work by building a culvert, shelving for perishables and reinforced the well.

We opened a nursery in concert with another NGO (One Day) to allow pregnant girls at our shelter to give birth with medical support and learn how to provide their child pre- and post-natal care.

To increase communication with international organizations, we built a router tower and got working internet at the shelter. This was important since the shelter is located outside the central town of Bo.

Developed a monitoring system to track parent and caregiver responsiveness to their children's health and wellness needs.

Our needs have increased:  We need to raise $20,000 to meet our goals for 2019.

This amount will help support the shelter throughout 2019 and continue providing trainings locally in Sierra Leone; buy farming equipment such as seeds, gardening tools, cassava graters and refrigerators; and install solar panels as a way for the shelter to have reliable electricity.

On behalf of commit+act Board, we are grateful for your support and hopeful that you will continue to have our shelter in mind for whatever contribution you can give us and help us move forward with our mission.

In gratitude,

Jennifer Nardozzi, PsyD

Board Member and U.S. Representative

Oct 11, 2018

Shelter for Abused Girls in Sierra Leone

Dear Friends, Donors, Family and Colleagues:

We are happy to report that we have installed the solar panels in our facility, thanks to the generrous donation from the Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Foundation. The Mohsin and Fauzia Jaffer Foundation in its donation to commit+act, included an amount for us to establish our garden where the girls will be taught how to plant vegetables that will contribute to their good health and provide them with nutritious diets. 

As a result of our giving these emotionally and physically abused girls a home where they could feel safe and taken care of, some of the girls who came to the shelter, have given birth. To help them with their babies, we established a Baby Shelter to take care of these babies and to educate their young mothers on how to care of them.

We have created a ravine on the property so as to protect the structure from flooding, which has happened in the past and continue to plague the country as well.

With the increase in the number of girls that we are housing in our shelter, along with the additional responsibillity for the care and treatment of the newborns, we have had to employ additional help so we increased the number of staff we have at the Shelter.

Now, we are focused on developing more educational programs for these girls, programs that will teach them the basic elementary and secondary education, to give them the fortification so that they will learn how to take care of themselves, basic and important hygiene and how to be able to take care of the needs of their children who will grow up in this troubled atmosphere. We believe that education, which is not prevalent in the country, is a big need not just for these girls in the shelter, but also to educate the young women who were born and live in the country to help them from becoming victims of emotional and physical abuse that is so common in poverty areas, specially since Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world.

We are grateful for your donations. We appreciate the continued support of our friends and family and we are sincerely touched when we receive donations from new donors and new friends. We hope and pray for your continued support and good will.

With deep appreciation,

Jennifer Nardozzi, PsyD

U.S. Representative and Board Member

 
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