Aid the Daughters of Africa

http://www.josephinebakhitaproject.org/ 

WHAT IF YOU COULD SAVE ONE GIRL FROM SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, ABUSE, AND SLAVERY?


Join the pastor and parishioners of St. Nicholas of Myra, Encino, California, Sr. Anne, SSS, Sr. Deborah, SSS, and Sr. Lisa, SSS, to support an innovative project, “Aid the Daughters of Africa” (ADA), aimed at transforming the lives of vulnerable girls and women in The Gambia, Africa. ADA is under the patronage of St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan.

The Context
The Gambia is the sex tourism capital of Africa. Hundreds of young women and girls in The Gambia are exploited for commercial sex and other illegal activities. The underlying causes are often a mix of poverty, lack of basic social services, like education and healthcare, and youth unemployment. The Gambia is Africa’s smallest country and one of the continent’s poorest.

Our Rationale
No woman or girl should ever be exploited for sexual slavery, trafficked for sex, subjected to forced labor, or denied education.

Our Mission
To work for the dignity and empowerment of young women and girls through training programs, entrepreneurial skills, dignifying employment, and a safe space to grow and flourish with dignity.

The Project
“Daughters of St. Josephine Bakhita” is a locally registered non-profit organization in The Gambia run by local volunteers. Launched in July 2021, the project comprises two pilot programs:



1.      Bakhita House for vulnerable women and girls – a non-residential facility providing a safe space for young women and girls to meet regularly and to receive counselling, accompaniment and psychosocial support, mentorship and information and awareness on hygiene and sanitary practices; and human rights.

2.      Vocational Training and Entrepreneurship: this program sponsors young women and girls in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses in fashion (tailoring and sewing) and beauty and cosmetics (hairstyling and design) – two popular means of self-employment in West Africa. Beneficiaries will be provided micro credit to start up their small businesses and earn a living with dignity for themselves and their families.



Six (6) lovely young Gambian girls have already been enrolled in the Bakhita Project and have started their TVET courses. They meet regularly at Bakhita House.

What We Need From YOU
We need your financial support to start and run the first two years of the project. We need $50,000 for rented housing, equipment, transportation, and upkeep for the volunteers and beneficiaries. Regular narratives and updates of the project’s progress will become available on our website in the 4th quarter of 2021.

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND SUPPORT AND GENEROUS DONATION!

BLESSED

  • Judeth Dwyer 
    • 20 $ 
    • 10 d
  • Anonymous 
    • 300 $ 
    • 19 d
  • Anonymous 
    • 10 $ 
    • 28 d
  • Thomas Hingle 
    • 20 $ 
    • 29 d
  • Anonymous 
    • 20 $ 
    • 1 mo
See all

Organizer

Fr. Michael Cooper 
Organizer
Briggs Terrace, CA
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