Today, we would like to give you some updates about the mission we recently carried out in Ethiopia.
The trip was mainly focused on management and administrative issues. The main novelty is that two new counselors joined the staff, and they are now working alongside Temesegen, the program coordinator. Thanks to these new resources, the informal education activity in the family houses has been strengthened. This activity is in our opinion fundamental. In fact, the minors hosted in the family houses are not always ready to be reintegrated into school and very often the teachers are not ready to handle the insertion of a child victim of sexual abuse; this means that the return to school is postponed until after the children leave family homes. For these reasons, educational activities within the family environment are really necessary to compensate to the missed school attendance.
We are very grateful to all the contributors for their precious help and support. Thank you very much!
We have great news from our project “Flowers in Bloom”! The agreement among the Addis Abeba University, the University of Chieti and the Bicocca University in Milan, has been finally signed. This three-year work plan includes first of all a new collection of data concerning the situation of sexually abused children in Addis Abeba, since the last study on the issue dates back to ten years ago.
This new baseline is fundamental in order to assess the real social impact of our project. In this way, IPSO will be able to involve other children in the project in a new way, and to monitor the outcome in a more effectivve way. We are sure this is going to determine a decisive increase in the quality of this project!
Finally, we would like to renew once again our thanks, since without your support it would be impossible to carry out all of this. We couldn’t be more grateful!
One of our collaborators is now in Etiopia on a trip, together with two donors, who wished to visit the “Flower in Bloom” project.
First of all, they met a representative of Addis Abeba University, in order to discuss about the activation of annual internships for the year 2019. The meeting was very fruitful, and the parts decided to cooperate again this year, in order to give some students the possibility to work as interns in IFSO (Integrated Family Service Organization), a non-governmental organization whose mission is to improve the life conditions of many Ethiopian children living in difficult circumstances.
The trip also had a monitoring aim. In fact, our collaborators visited some family-homes, which shelter several children, who were victims of abuse. Their feedback was definitely positive! They noticed that the project is proceeding as planned and that the sheltered children are usually able to overcome the trauma and have now hope for a brighter future.
We are deeply grateful to everyone who is helping us to carry on this project, which would not be possible otherwise. Thanks to your support we achieved many goals and we are willing to do more and more!
There have been months of high training for psycho-social workers who provide assistance to children victims of sexual violence of the Child Abuse Treatment Center in Addis Abeba. Just in July, a three-day training course was held in which specialists in the sector presented the operative protocol for taking care of abused children developed in synergy by the University of Milan - Bicocca, by the Department of Neurosciences of the G. D'Annunzio University of Chieti and the School of Psychology in Addis Abeba.
After a brief description of the alarming number of children who, abandoned to street life, are exposed to a very high risk of violence in general and of sexual abuse in particular, the focus has been on the protocol of prevention and intervention aimed at fighting the sad phenomenon and to ensure proper health, psychological and legal assistance to victims. The course has attracted the interest of the operators who have had the opportunity to reflect and discuss the practices followed and how the proposed operational modality can bring about improvements.
In view of replicating this experience also in Benin, Aleimar proposed to the social responsible of Cipcre-Benin, a local organization that provides support to the abused children and that our project leader had visited in the last monitoring trip, to participate in the training course, gathering important information and allowing a good exchange of good practices.
For some months Aleimar family has expanded with the new project "Flowers of blooms" in Ethiopia: this is one of the poorest countries in the world and the conditions are made more and more dramatic by the low productivity due to drought and the increasing population increase. Extreme poverty forces families to live in unsafe situations: cases of crime, violence and child abuse are now the order of the day. It is precisely in the fight against these events that Aleimar, in collaboration with the association Il Sole Onlus, operates in the capital Addis Ababa, welcoming abused children and providing medical, psychological and legal assistance. The challenge that this project presents is really great and that's why we decided to share it with all GlobalGiving donors. And as always your answer was immediately positive! In just two months since the project was loaded, we have raised almost 700 euros, of which $ 600 thanks to the LittlebyLittle campaign in April. We are really satisfied and grateful for this first great result: the donations will allow to provide psychological support to at least 3 children victims of sexual violence and to find part of the material for therapeutic courses (theater, music, dance and photography). Thanks to the art abused children express their feelings in full freedom and return to relate to the outside world. Just in these days, Andrea Moroni, the project manager of the Il Sole Onlus partner association, is in Ethiopia to check the progress of the intervention and to gather the necessary documentation in order to work out, in collaboration with the University Milano-Bicocca, an integrated intervention program for abused children that can also be replicated in other countries. Waiting for updates from Andrea, we thank you for your valuable support; we are sure that together we can win this challenge and bring these small and beautiful flowers to life.
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