NOVEMBER 2018 – FLASHBACK AND THANKS
The management is kindly thanking you for all your individual support provided that has impacted the lives of the children and girls we serve. As the season of holidays has approached and we have lot of issues to address and many activities to engage on, we thought fit to first appreciate your generous, concern and love donations done monthly.
Without your support, how far should we have gone? Should we have met our goal or our Vision toward the beneficiaries to be lifted out of poverty? No, that will be impossible without you. Your donation is like a tip of water drop into the mouth of thirsty person who is about to die, and that touch, can save his or her life. That is the worth of your donation, whether little or big, we say Thank you.
Extract Reports to date:
1) The Girl Power, has 364 supporters and has donated $16,589.13
2) Schools Water and Sanitation, has 7 supporters and donated $637.46
3) Sierra Leone Mudslide and Flooding Relief has 18 supporters and 1 grant from GlobalGiving has donated $6,365.00
4) Break the Chain of Slavery, has 3 supporters and has donated $185.00
5) Special school for drop-out girls in marriage has 6 supporters donating ($3,870.00). $2000 donations from Anne Frank Fonds and $ 1,870 from friends (provided directly to ChildHelp Sierra Leone).
6) Solar Rural Electrification for Communities has no supporter and no donation.
7) Bikes for village Girls has no supporter and no donation
8) School for rural students has no supporter and no donation
9) Computer literacy and practice has no supporter and no donation
The Rural communities in Sierra Leone are suffering, facing extreme poverty according to MICS 4 reports launched recently. Sierra Leone, categorized as a fragile state, is shaped by its conflicted history, which strongly influences the situation of boys and girls. Despite ratifying CEDAW (1988) and adopting the ‘three Gender Acts’ and the Child Rights Act (2007), there has been inconsistent implementation and weak capacity of the structures mandated to protect boys and girls, as emphasized by recent research (Child Frontiers, 2010).
a) The Girl Power recent report:
The Girl Power Project is a life changing by design activity, focusing on a generation left behind to be rescued, guided, protected and supported through development, advocacy and relief. 217 girls affected will be supported to continue their education, providing them with school fees, bags, uniforms, solar study lamps, a laptop, a bicycle, health pads, meals, monthly caring, power mentoring and social justice, campaign and awareness raising against illegal practices, harmful traditional practices, teenage pregnancy, child mothering and early child marriage.
Sierra Leone Mudslide and Flooding Relief:
ChildHelp was able to meet the need of those children relocated to the provincial communities in the Northern Bombali:
a) 115 beneficiaries were provided with used clothing for daily use at homes which cost $250.70
b) 34 girls were provided school uniforms - $385.33
c) 17 boys were provided with school uniforms - $385.33
d) 51 school children were provided with 2 packets of exercise books - $306
e) 51 school children fees (34 girls and 17 boys) at primary level for 2 terms only - $544
f) 115 drinking buckets and sanitary pads were provided to both boys and girls - $383.33
g) Slight food provided during studying hours (3 days in a week) to 115 school children – $416.85
h) Monitoring exercises to make sure that the provision reached the beneficiaries - $ 50.58
b) Break the chain of slavery
Break The Chain project is a new activity within ChildHelp Sierra Leone which came up during the boundaries visitation of human rights and government officials on boundary limitations in 2017. Every year humans are trafficked in and out of the country. We have join with other forces to help combat this terrible crime and to reach those in need and disrupt the networks that prey on vulnerable people. These victims share one essential experience which is the loss of freedom, abused and unable to live safely and freely. We were built on a promise: to make freedom happen now for all victims of human trafficking and extreme poverty. There are more needs for training and equipping of social workers and community leaders to destroy the root causes and drivers of such practice, and rescue victims. Donation is vital to our mission to serve victims and survivors.
c) Special school for drop-out girls in marriage project –
Anne Frank Fonds ($2,000) & Friends($1,870) raised: $ 3,870
Number of beneficiaries reached so far: 179 Impoverish and underprivileged Girls reached. This project is entirely a rescue activity for girls who dropped out of school for marriage or escaping in rural communities from their forced marriage homes. Early marriage has caused girls much suffering along with their children, unborn children and teenage pregnancy, been left behind. Teenage pregnancy and child marriage are two social vices noted with serious concern. This project aimed to rescue and support thousands of girls and women from their husband homes in skills for empowerment and to take a stand and campaign against child marriage and violent events. As a life changing activity, Ann Frank Fonds and other friends supported the training of girls and women from their husband homes, and enable them to understand and fight against (a) Physical, sexual and psychological. The project has started screening and counselling 179 survivors, protecting their privacy and confidentiality, referring and coordinating with other sectors and dealing with other humanitarian settings; Over 300 girls and women are waiting for screening and counselling, referrals and support. 78 were referred to local magistrate court through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs and the Sierra Leone Police Family Support Unit, 13 to Vocation centers, 34 to continue their secondary education and the remaining 54 will attend YIOTEC Institution on other skills identified in January 2019.
d) Schools Water and Sanitation –
Due to the amount of support or donations, The project team continue raising awareness and sensitisation, improving knowledge and behavior about hygiene and environmental sanitation in 12 schools and households (pupils, parents and teachers). These communities are still facing and experiencing breakout of cholera, fever, typhoid, malaria and looseness, and there great concern about the non-running bad water, intake and drinking of unsafe water, breeding and spreading mosquitoes. Every week, 2 team workers visit schools on these activities: using IEC material about participatory development, gender, hygiene and environmental sanitation and making use of illustrations and comics in schools and communities. 12 schools as targeted are still be reached with the outreach awareness messages to protect them from breakouts. Water is life, Health is Wealth – making life better for school children, their teachers and their communities’’.
The Projects do not have donation yet:
e) Special school for drop-out girls in marriage
f) Solar Rural Electrification for Communities
g) Bikes for village Girls
h) School for rural students
i) Computer literacy and practice
The Outcome and achievements shows the many way forward and openings that can promote sponsorship to reach our beneficiaries with your little-by-little donations, providing access in underserved communities. Though the economic situation is now tough due to regime change, we are doing all our level best to meet these needs. Our Girls Reaching Girls revealed more absenteeism, teenage pregnancies, high dropout rate, women battering, an increase in forceful marriages practices in hidden communities, inadequate provision of daily needs and abuse of Child’s Rights. Sierra Leone as a country is experiencing a challenge and this is really tough. Though it is not be easy, but we believe in you and our supporters, with our lessons learnt and expansion, we will do more.
We are requesting your double donation support in our #Giving Tuesday, and end of Year campaign, that has started from November 27 and ends at December 31st, 2018. All these projects above are part of the competition for bonus prizes and $150,000 in matching money. Your donation can gain more bonuses and matching money to reach our goal.
ChildHelp wish to extend thanks to you as one of our fine supporters, who has worked with us so hard to reach at this level. Thanks to our able GlobalGiving Foundation and its donors, GPEDC, COL, John Nadolski and friends, Anthropology Compassion, Child Help Line International, Webb family, Girls Not Brides, Anne Frank Fonds etc, for such great assistance. We will be still providing you with more reports and pictures. Donors are always welcome to visit project sites were their money was used. Your partnership, donations, love and concerns, means the world to us! Without your donation, we should not have gone so far.
God bless you for your usual cooperation. On behalf of ChildHelp Family, may we wish you a blessed #GivingTuesday, A Happy Christmas and a bright and Prosperous New Year in advance. Thanks you so much.
Mrs. Petupie G. Bangura
ChildHelp Sierra Leone