We have built a 21-bed shelter for young female victims of violence (gender-based violence, female genital mutilation, rape, etc). We provide the necessary medical and psychological treatment, legal aid, education, and basic needs (food, water, clothing, hygiene) to help these girls heal and return to their families and communities. We need additional funding to continue operating our shelter and make it more sustainable.
We provide the only access to physical respite, legal counsel, and psychosocial treatment for abused girls in Bo, Sierra Leone. Currently, we have 23 staff whom provide care for our girls. Our operational costs are high and we are reliant on outside funding. Our aim is to maintain and grow our day-to-day operations and also decrease our reliance on outside support to make the shelter as sustainable as possible.
To make our shelter more sustainable and to reduce the costs associated with running our shelter we need to purchase additional items. Solar panels are needed to provide electricity to our shelter and also help power computers and phones that are used. Farming equipment such as seeds, gardening tools, cassava graters, and refrigerators are needed so that we can grow, prepare, and store dietary items for girls and workers at the shelter.
Our shelter houses 21 abused young girls at a time and takes them out of crisis into stability. This project's ultimate aim is to end the cycle of violence, reunite families, and equip young women with the skills to improve their lives and their communities. Our specific aim here is to make the shelter as self-sustaining as possible and to reduce operational costs where we are able.