In Sierra Leone...
The women and children in the village are grossly underserved and are therefore plagued with multiple deprivations, including but not limited to the lack of access to good health, education, justice, and financial services.
Covid-19 intersecting with other cultural variables, their vulnerability to poverty, mental distress and Gender Based Violence continues to fester.
To make our village interventions more strategic with efficiency-level impacts, we are facilitating the formation of a "Women's Cooperative Group/Organization" in the village consisting of thirty vulnerable young women and girls.
This will serve as a vehicle through which sustainable change/ development can be inspired. This will stay with them even if we stop going there.
* To train and empower young women volunteers on DV/GBV issues, who will inturn raise awareness, identify, and support DV survivors in the village.
* To mobilize and inspire a sense of cooperation among women and strengthen a unity of purpose for social action/change.
* A platform to continuously assess the needs and concerns of survivors/ women and girls and link/ help with available local/ external resources.
* To facilitate women's development and financial inclusivity through; small scale farming (what over 80%of rural women do), small zero-interest loans, reproductive health/ birth control trainings etc.
We have facilitated a group for farming called the Women in Village Emancipation Strategy. The project will focus on building sustainable community based systems and structures that drive the protection, empowerment and development of women and girls.
The GOAL is to make rural women self-sufficient and Violence free. Achieving this will also mean; improvement for their families- children (girls) and the community.
* Get women to think and work together, and support each other in the face of DV/GBV
* Increase massively the dignity, self worth, confidence and moral of women.
*Institute a local"Savings scheme" to increase access to finance.
* Establish a "seed bank" for sustainable farming.
Right now, there's massive support from the community stakeholders to make this project a tremendous success!
With the support of Unsilenced Voices, IDA Rwanda has carried out sensitizations against domestic violence and sexual abuse. 20 domestic violence and sexual abuse survivors, met and shared testimonies. They decided to stay together and raise their voices against domestic violence and sexual abuse. Supported by Unsilenced Voices, at the end of sensitization, every survivor received a mask, T-shirt, soap , maize flour, palm oil, salt...They decided to be community mobilizer advocates and fighters against domestic violence and sexual abuse. IDA Rwanda and all survivors are very thankful to Unsilenced voices for supporting this activity.
Unsilenced Voices is helping to support The Crises Center with the Ark Foundation
This month we have helped 5 Clients on waiting list in need of financial support to start a business
At the shelter, one pregnant girl who will due soon and a Nursing mother have received the care they need.
Toiletries for bathing and baby care
Feeding and Utilities