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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

Jun 12, 2018

Shelter for Abused Girls in Sierra Leone

To all our donors, colleagues, friends and family:

We are happy to report that our participation in the Global Giving "Little-by-Little" campaign held for five days in April, 2018 helped us in our continued efforts to help the shelter for abused girls which was created by Commit + Act.

The contributions we received will help us in our efforts to maintain sustainability for our shelter.

We are now in the process of getting solar panels installed and we will be getting the farm tools and equipment, together with seeds so we can start our farm/garden, so that the girls can learn how to cultivate these seeds to provide them with nutritious and healthful meals.

We are blessed to have such faithful donors, and we were blessed much more when a special donor, who we will tell you all about in our next report, contributed greatly to our girls shelter.

We are totally grateful to all our donors - we could not continue the work we began a few years ago, without the kindness and heartfelt contributions that have been made to our cause.

We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

In gratitude, 

Dr. Jennifer Nardozzi

Board Member and

U.S. Representative

 
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