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Girl-mother Empowerment program

by The Needy Today
Girl-mother Empowerment program
Community Engagement
Community Engagement

Dear Donors,

Girl-Mother empowerment programme is a success in changing the perception about people in communities about girl mothers. They are always considered failures and dropout due to the fact that they got pregnant and give birth at an early age. So everything about these girls should collapse and there should no place for them any more in these communities. With our intervention we have changed the dynamics by letting people know that these girl mothers can achieve greater height if given the opportunity. Our campaign faced a lot of stiff resistance due to traditional beliefs and norms

Our campaign and supports has brought a lot of change and many has realize the important of giving these girl mother chance to go back to school. Owing to the fact that they themselves are ready to change their attitude towards girls. Though, it was a bottleneck for them to accept change. This has been an ancient tradition that the best place for girls is in the kitchen and early and forceful marriages. During our engagement with these communities the message of accessing education and training, for these girl-mothers were well appreciated and stakeholders in the various communities consider it key as a means to stop these girls from prostitution, HIV-AIDS, poverty, etc. After a lot of sensitization communities now embrace the reality that these girls deserve education and training rather than forcing them to get married.

The alarming reports about the current rise of HIV/AIDS in the country more especially the northern region our focus on this project, triggers a lot of actions. The testimony of a young mother who is HIV positive send a strong message and call to action.

The communities are now in supports of our stance and efforts to support these girl mothers. Our strategy employed really pays off as many girl-mothers who were victims of early and forceful marriages, teenage pregnancy are planning to return back to school base on available support. Though the project has identified a lot of these girl-mothers but still lack the required support to help these victims to go back to school.

Furthermore, our usual radio discussion programme which have gain a lot of momentum and has increased a lot of awareness among these sets of girls. The many feedbacks received during and after the programme, is a true revelation of how this programme has created a lot of awareness amongst community people. The idea of empowering these girl-mothers was well greeted during the phoning programme. In actual sense, it clearly demonstrate how it was a burden to many who have these girl-children at heart. At the moment, they are pleading and asking for more supports to these girls, which could help them gain a life changing skills and make them independent.

Presently, this project is yet to attract the kind of support it should get, to shoulder it major responsibility considering the fact that it is addressing a huge concerns about girls, this has really slow down its operations, because the support is not available to accomplish it set demands.

The few donors to this project are well appreciated. But this project needs the required support to help the already identified Girl-Mothers. We cannot achieve this alone without your support. Based on this, we are calling on Donors, GlobalGiving and friends to help us achieve this together.

Community Engagement
Community Engagement

The role of this project “Girl-Mother empowerment programme” is making a lot of inroads now considering the very much that a lot of community visitations has been conducted in various communities with relevant messages “Girls must be Girls and Not mothers”. These messages were well embraced by stakeholders of these communities. Owing to the fact that they themselves are ready to change their attitude towards girls. Though, it was a bottleneck for them to accept change. This has been an ancient tradition that the best place for girls is in the kitchen and early and forceful marriages. During our engagement with these communities the message of accessing education and training, for these girl-mothers were well appreciated and stakeholders in the various communities consider it key as a means to stop these girls from prostitution, HIV-AIDS, poverty, etc. Since there is an alarming reports about the current rise of HIV/AIDS in the country more especially the northern region our focus on this project. The communities were gladly in supports of our stance and efforts. The strategy employed by the organisation really pays off as many girl-mothers who were victims of early and forceful marriages, teenage pregnancy are planning to return back to school base on available support. Though the project has identified a lot of these girl-mothers but still lack the required support to help these victims to go back to school. Moreover, our usual radio discussion programme which have gain a lot of momentum and has increased a lot of awareness among these sets of girls. The many feedbacks received during and after the programme, speaks a lot and also it create a platform for many stakeholders to make contributions. The idea of empowering these girl-mothers were well greeted during the phoning programme, it really shows some huge concerns and it was a burden to many who have these girl-children at heart. In actual sense, they are pleading for more supports to these girls, which could help them gain a life changing skills and make them independent. Though, this project is yet to attract the kind of support it should get, considering the fact that it is addressing a huge concerns about girls, this has really slow down its operations, because the support is not available to accomplish it set demands. The few donors to this project are well appreciated. But this project needs the required support to help the already identified Girl-Mothers. We cannot achieve this alone without your support. Based on this, we are calling on Donors, GlobalGiving and friends to help us achieve this together.

Campaigns
Campaigns
Campaigns
Campaigns

Dear GlobalGiving, Donors,

We are very much grateful for spearing your valuable time to go through this letter of acknowledgement, thanks and appreciation for your tremendous contributions which has brought a lot of change in the lives of our beneficiaries. With your contribution we have enjoyed a season of love, concern and care which has foster a lot of change in the lives of these less fortunate. We are marvel with your social and humanitarian contribution towards these children, their families and The Needy Today. This has really speaks volumes in the lives of these children.

Your roles have been fascinated since you opted to join GlobalGiving Foundation in helping meaningful projects like ours. Some of these viable causes like ours do not attract major funding, but they are more real than even the ones that do. GlobalGiving has made the cries of these less fortunate be heard. Your contributions means the whole world to us, which has lift the poor out of poverty, give voice to the voiceless, agitate for the oppress, and creating and building bridges together for a better world. Your donations have made dropping out of school is no longer a reality within our areas of operations, continued campaign on ending early child marriages, FGM, Teenage pregnancy, Gender based violence, trained community volunteer to report on early child marriages, monitoring litigation on rape cases for minors in high courts.

Our quest for success was far fetched until you came around to support these causes by contributing your hard earning money and suggestions. From the depth of our hearts, we sincerely appreciate all your major contributions both recurring and one off. Even those who didn’t contribute financially but help create awareness about these causes, you are well appreciated from the bottom of our hearts.

You are truly a special partner to us, for putting smiles into the faces of these beneficiaries. Also, you have decided to support our mission and vision which is well appreciated, because of this we shall forever remain grateful to you and rest of your families for your unending love you continue to manifest. You are really one in a million, despite all the important things you have to address like family issues, cars, fuel, food, housing, etc you still squeeze and make a meaningful donation. In spite of this tight economy we live, you still create a way to be a blessing to these less fortunate. Your support has been really great especially creating more awareness by letting others know about our causes.

We called you friends and partners because we share common goals and ambition in helping these beneficiaries. Because of your contributions a lot has been blessed and we will continue to appreciate you endlessly for your countless support.

I was actually pondering if you were not here with us to achieve this huge success and brining a lot of smiles into the faces of these beneficiaries. How exactly it should have been without you. God will reward you abundantly for such sacrifices in helping these children regain their lost glory. Because of this and all that you intend doing God in heaven will bless you and all that concerns you.

Our huge concern at the moment is that Sierra Leone is seriously battling with what has been described as a silent epidemic of sexual and gender based violence. According to a recent police statistics its clearly shows that 8500 girls has been sexually abused. The report further said that the figures are twice the ones reported, because plenty of these cases are kept under the carpet. The government has declared it as a national emergency which requires urgent actions be taken. As an organisation working tirelessly against sexual violence and gender based issues, we deemed it fit to go into action but we cannot achieve this alone without your support. Our quest to partner with you stems from the very fact that you have passion to put an end to such practices.

We will continue to update you about our achievement and how your monies are spent. On behalf of ‘The Needy Today’, we want to say a big thank you for your supports, donations and unending love you continue to manifest. We cannot sit down silently by failing to wish you happy Easter and God’s richest blessings.

Furthermore, our campaigns are online and they need more support to meet the needs of poverty stricken children left behind, to access their basic rights and achieve great success. Base on this, we are still counting on you to continue your support and help us tell others about our work and what we have achieve so far.

We are really short of words to express our gratitude but God will surely reward you bountifully.

Respectfully yours,

James Mansaray

Engagement
Engagement

Dear Donors,

The Girl-Mother project is taking a different dimension now with a lot of community engagement in various communities with key message “Girls must be Girls and Not mother”.

The message of accessing education and training, for these girl-mothers was well embraced and stakeholders in the various communities consider it key as a means to stop these girls from prostitution, HIV-AIDS, poverty, and above all burden to the nation.

This community engagement strategy really pays off as many girl-mother who were victims of early and forceful marriages, teenage pregnancy are planning to return back to school base on available support. Though the project has identified a lot of these girl-mothers but still lack the required support to help these victims.

Furthermore, we continue with our radio discussion programmes which have gain a lot of momentum, and it could be seen by the many feedbacks we received after a phone line was opened for discussion, various inputs were made by different actors. The need for empowering these girl-mothers was well greeted during the phoning programme, it really shows some huge concerns and it was a burden to many who have these girl-children at heart. They are actually pleading for support to these girls, which could help them gain a life changing skills.

The few donors to this project are well appreciated. But this project needs the required support to help the already identified Girl-Mothers. We cannot achieve this alone without your support.

Based on this, we are calling on Donors, GlobalGiving and friends to help us achieve this together.

 

With gratitude,

Martha Lamin

focus Group
focus Group
Girl-Mothers and Children
Girl-Mothers and Children

Dear Donors,

Our Girl-Mother project is ongoing with a lot of community engagement in various communities in our implementing areas (Northern Region) which has send key messages to community stakeholders about the need to empower the Girl-Mother, this engagement has really speaks volumes, as community people themselves have seen the need. The message of accessing education and training, for these girl-mothers is making some inroads, the community stakeholders consider this as pivot to save these girls from prostitution, HIV-AIDS, poverty, burden to the nation etc. This initiative will break the cycle of poverty. This message was well embraced by the beneficiaries, stakeholders and communities.

Furthermore, we continue with our radio discussion programmes which have gain a lot of momentum, and it could be seen by the many feedbacks we received after a phone line was opened for discussion, various inputs were made by different actors. The need for empowering these girl-mothers was well greeted during the phoning programme, it really shows some huge concerns and it was a burden to many who have these girl-children at heart. They are actually pleading for support to these girls, which could help them gain a life changing skills.

So far we have identified 200 Girl-Mother in these communities visited, which are in dire need. But since the project lacks the necessary funding to take care of its beneficiaries. We saw the need to continue to appeal to our donors and globalgiving to help in diverse ways. We cannot achieve any success without you the donors and your support to make this project a success lies in your donations.

Beneficiaries
Beneficiaries
 

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The Needy Today

Location: Makeni City - Sierra Leone
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Project Leader:
Dauda Koroma
Makeni City, Sierra Leone

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