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Empowering Women and Girls

by Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK)
Empowering Women and Girls
Empowering Women and Girls
Empowering Women and Girls
Empowering Women and Girls

This project aims to build the economic capacity of women and girls, in both urban and rural communities. In the rural areas, THINK will undertake agriculture to promote food security, protect the environment and preserve endangered species of wild animals that families hunt for meat (protein) in their diet. Produce from the farms will boost the economic capacity of women and girls.

  • Land preparation of 10 acres of land for the cultivation of cassava, hot peppers, sesame seeds, and rice.
  • Location identified for the building of a poultry house for layers and broiler chickens during phase one of our project
  • Meetings have been held for the completion of a Women’s Peace Hut that was initiated by UN Women in the District Headquarter Town of Boegeezaye. The center will be used by the women and adolescent girls, to hold meetings and training. Issues identified that are of concern to the women and girls in the rural communities are Forced and Early Marriage that forces them to drop out of school, pregnancy and domestic duties that keep them busy and not able to participate in community activities for women and girls.
  • Counseling sessions are held three times a week for adolescent girls on life skills development in partnership with the International Office on Migration (IOM). There are four units in the counseling curriculum we are using. The units have topics that go with each unit. The four units are: 
  • Personal Development
  • Interpersonal Development
  • Goal Setting and Action Planning
  • Teamwork and Leadership

 The THINK Safe Home and Juvenile Transit Center continue to provide shelter and protection

  • THINK safe and juvenile homes presently have 17 residents (4 boys under and 13 girls) for the months of October - January 2019
  • THINK Safe Home and juvenile transit center received 13 new admissions: 6 allege Rape, 1 human trafficking case, referred by World Hope International, 2 protection, 3 Runaway cases and 1, missing case.

Liberia is faced with the major challenge of protecting women and children from Gender-Based Violence. As a passionate advocate and activist in the fight to end sexual and gender-based violence, THINK has been conducting prevention training in the form of community outreach refresher training for Community Action Groups (CAGs) in the prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA), and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV).

These trainings were conducted in four communities in three counties (Montserrado, Margibi and Grand Bassa), training and working with Community Action Groups (CAGs) to conduct awareness to community dwellers about the One-Stop Centers and the services they provide to survivors of violence, and link these communities to One Stop Centers (OSCs) and police stations nearest them. The CAGs’ primary role is to help prevent violence by awareness sessions from the family level to the wider community level. Community leaders such as traditional leaders, religious leaders, principals, teachers, women leaders, parents, and youth are members of the CAGs. They are the focal points in these communities to be the first line responders for championing the course of action if and when violence occurs.

  • THINK participated in the 16 Days of Activism with the Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) in communities to create awareness on the importance if the annual event.
  • THINK participated in a one-day session on “WE ARE UNPROTECTED” that was conducted by Medica Liberia at the Mamba Point Hotel. 
  • The 2018 National theme for the 16 Days of Activism: End Gender-Based Violence in Work Places, Schools and Communities; Take action, Report it and Promote a Liberia Free of Violence.

Thank you, our donors and partners, for helping us to help our children, their parents and communities!

THINK Safe Home Beneficiaries
THINK Safe Home Beneficiaries

“Caring For Children Affected By Ebola”

The THINK Safe Home and Juvenile Homes strive to:

  1. Assist victims /survivors of sexual and gender-based violence including human trafficking and children that come in contact or conflict with the law to become independent and responsible citizens, by providing confidential shelter, protection, psychosocial, counseling, medical care, and rehabilitation.
  2. Provide confidential shelter, protection, security, psychosocial, support, medical care, and follow up, medical appointments, access to legal aid,  creative arts, and recreational, classroom time, family tracing,  preparation follow up visitation for women and children.

Cases received at the THINK Safe Home during this quarter were survivors of SGBV, human trafficking, and domestic violence. Cases received at the Juvenile Transit Center are children who come in contact or conflict with the law (minor offenses) with the law such as juvenile delinquency and petty theft. For children that come in contact with the law, cases are; child abuse, neglect, abandoned children, runaway girls, lost or missing girls and children in need of protection including parenting (when the primary caregiver is incarcerated). In the case where the child is a boy THINK Liberia take under five boys up to 8years old. THINK will accept a boy and provide protection and shelter for a very short time because the home is for girls and women.

  • THINK Safe Home and Juvenile Transit Center presently have 17 residents (4 boys under-five and13 girls) for this quarter
  • THINK Safe Home and Juvenile Transit Center received 12 new admissions: 6 alleged Rape, I human trafficking case, referral by World Hope International, 2 protection, 3 Runaway cases and I missing child case.  
  • AGE DISAGGREGATION: (0-5) = 0, (6-12) = 6, (13-17) = 5,(>18) = 1 Survivors. Reunification: 5,  Residents that went for follow up hospital visits 6, Residents that received individual counseling 10, and Residents that received group counseling 15, while there is 1 survivor that is three months pregnant and attending prenatal clinic follow up visits. 

There has been a wakeup call in Liberia concerning Child Protection, and THINK is carefully observing the ongoing investigation and reviewing her own protection policies to ensure that we provide a safe environment for the children and beneficiaries we work with.

The observance4 of the International Day of the Girl Child was held in Liberia and the national theme was for professional women to mentor girls in their workplaces.   

Progress Report On Caring For Children Affected By Ebola: August 15, 2018

Achievements:

  •   Closing of School and Graduations

It has been an exciting time as schools have closed for Academic 2017/2018 and children have been promoted to next grades.

* We had 8 children, 3 boys and 5 girls complete elementry school, 3 boys complete Junior High school and 15 girls graduate . from High School.

Graduating this year are 15 girls from our Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program in Bentol City, Montserrado County. These 15 girls kept their promise to remain in school and not get pregnant. We are so proud of these girls. They stuck with it through very difficult times. We congratulate their parents for supporting their daughters to achieve this first goal of getting a high school diploma.  

If some of you our donors can remember, in late June of 2016, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Liberia as part of her three-country visit; Liberia, Morocco and Spain. The visit to Liberia among other things, included a Round Table Discussion with the First Lady and 23 girls/young women. Well, on Friday, August 10, 2018, two of the girls that were chosen to visit the White House as guests of Mrs. Obama, Janet Jackson and Joletha Joe, graduated from High School. Joletha was President of her class.

Congratulations ladies!!  

*   Renovation work and Painting of the two homes have been completed. Many thanks to our donors for this much needed work!

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Thanks to all of you fo your interests in what we to to care for children affected by Ebola!

Children receiving sweets
Children receiving sweets

Progress Report for GlobalGiving

“Caring For Children Affected By Ebola”

May 17, 2018

Things have been going at a slow pace since the beginning of 2018, but we have managed to keep our services ongoing. The need for a safe place for child survivors of sexual violence, victims of human trafficking and other children that come in contact or conflict with the law is paramont. Gifts and donations from GlobalGiving and other humanitarian organizations make it possible for THINK to provide a home for abandoned children and a safe place for our survivors as they go through their case management, medical treatment and psychosocial support and protection. 

  • Emergency Grant received from donors through GlobalGiving
  • Renovation work commenced on the two buildings
  • 15 Residents in the homes (6 in the Safe Home and 9 in the Juvenile Transit Center)
  • 1 Child taken to hospital and was admitted for four days
  • 5 Hospital visits
  • 12 Participated in Group counseling sessions
  • 12 Received in Individual counseling
  • 4 Residents received First Aid treatment
  • 3 Family tracings were done
  • 12 Participated in recreational activities
  • 4 Reunifications done
  • 5 Follow up visits made

The little boy that had surgery for the management of Hydrocephalus had a respiratory infection and was admitted in the hospital for four days. He is doing fine.

We are engaged in community outreach prevention education against sexual violence in three communities in Montserrado County.

Thanks to all of you our partners and donors for donations that have kept the doors to the safe homes open for us to serve and care for these vulnerable children. Your commitment means a lot to the beneficiaries, the staff and THINK Liberia.

THANK YOU!

 

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Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness (THINK)

Location: Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia
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Project Leader:
Georgie Davis
Monrovia, Liberia
$1,850 raised of $50,000 goal
 
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