"I was happy when I was taken to the city to go to school. I was 14 in Junior Secondary School (Level 3), after taken my entrance exams into senior Secondary school when my parents called me to spend the holiday with them, not knowing their plans, handed me over and now has 2 unwanted kids. Because I come from a poor family, my parents promised that my husband would support my future education and to marry is the final result. Thanks to my involvement in ChildHelp’s program, regaining hope about my life through skills activities that would economically empower me. I am now encouraging others to discontinue such practice, stop bearing many children and gain trade skills." - Anonymous
The youth population in Sierra Leone, aged 15-35, comprises one third of the population of Sierra Leone. The widespread of early child marriage is due to extreme poverty. This cause parents to push their daughters into early marriage. Young girls are disappointed of promised made to them during child marriage by their partners to continue education. Many young girls now trapped, has no skills, no jobs, bearing children and suffering violently in the hands of their partners. They don't have the POWER, to regain their rights and to change their communities.
Despite efforts to raise awareness about the devastating consequences of child marriage, the practice remains widespread and affecting countless girls, depriving them of their right to childhood and the opportunity to determine their own futures, and exposing them to serious health risks. ChildHelp helplines have been able to identify many of these girls from their complaints of being abused and tortured during their early marriages.
We have developed this innovative, holistic program to address the harmful problem of child marriage. We will raise awareness about the dangers of child marriage, through inter-village meetings, educational talks and awareness-raising to provide local inhabitants with crucial information which will help to prevent child marriage, including also a legal component, which is essential to putting an end to this harmful practice.
Our development research shows that good quality, broad -based and market responsive technical and vocational education, and training programs will equip these young girls from illegal marriage homes, with the skills and competencies that immediately respond to labor market demands and that drive growth in post-industrial economies.
Finally, the program will recruit and support these young girls who were married as children through productive and life-skills training, which will help them to set up livelihoods, enabling them to earn revenues and gain financial autonomy. When empowered in profitable skills, they will protect themselves, meet their children’s need, and be change makers in their communities. The program will offer accommodation and different skills trainings including basic administrative and financial management needed today that would gain them a better job and income. This will help them and their children, as they build up a strong financial base.
Productive and Life-Skills training can save and improve young girls and women’s’ lives, ultimately leading to more equitable development, stronger families, better services, and better child health. Benefits gain will include Enhanced economic, improved life and improved health.
Your donation can help change the lives of these countless rural young girls, giving them socio-economic POWER to have a Voice and a better future, which can change their entire communities. Your giving as one of our fine sponsors, will help raise awareness about their rights, help them who have suffered to benefit from skills training and have the opportunity to create their own businesses or work in reputable businesses and companies with better income. Your donation can have a real, lasting impact, helping to prevent child marriage and offering girls and young women a brighter future! Together, we can end child marriage
How can you help us?
1. Our first phase:
We need a Donation of $5,000, to repair two buildings, for safe home and training purposes for 40 young girls. Any little amount of donation from $10, $20, $50, etc upwards will help to rescue, accommodate, train and equip girls for economic empowerment and freedom from poverty. Reports and updates on project funds used and progress will be disseminated throughout.
2. The Whole Project:
ChildHelp need total budget of USD$ 20,000 to complete the whole project, renovate 8 structures to accommodate, train and equip 300 girls that would become economical independence, have changed lives, their peers, parents and their communities. The buildings are shown below in pictures and you are welcome to visit the site.
Optional Support - You can donate any of the below items
1. Solar power supplies for the use of electrical items and computers on daily basis that using generator
2. Provision of a mini-bus for outreaches and field research for students
Any other information
A sustainability and Cost recovery strategies are already being put in place. The initiation of this project is due to a full market assessment done, determining the financial feasibility and sustainability of the project. Funds raised from the center operations will be used to pay instructors, take care of the trainees, operational costs and frequent maintenance. A Board of Advisors comprised of industry leaders and stakeholders put in place will provide direct input regarding changing market needs, provide external assessments of the training curriculum and operational paradigm.
The learning center will be based on counselling, mentorship, industry responsive curriculum and focused internships, with verbal commitments from business and industrial companies for both internships and priority assessment for job openings, which solidify the immense and growing need for skilled and trained workers in the industry. Girls and women participating in this training will have every opportunity to sustain the improvements in their living conditions through obtaining gainful employment in the business industry.
Throughout generation, girls and women play very important role as the real source of happiness in the family, society and country. The Sustainable Development Goals - SDGs, accepts environmental protection, social and economic development, and believed that, the full participation of both men and women is critical for development.
Thank you note:
Thanks to all our fine sponsors - the Anne Frank Fonds, Girls Not Brides, John Nadolski, Grace Brandt, The Webb Family and LeRoy Lyons, etc. for continuously are supporting this vision of ending such practice. You are welcome today to be part.
These buildings need renovation to accommodate girls, train and equip them. The roof has been blown off by the wind recently during August 2019 rainfall The field is too big to used for playground and other activities
We are all responsible to the communities in which we live and work, and to the world community as well. So be Part to day of this vision. Thank you