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We are a Registered Charity in the UK Registration number : 1,158,663.. The main aim of this organisation is to empower, enable and educate women and girls in Kori Chiefdom Sierra Leone. We aim to transform the lives of women and girls by encouraging them to take part in agriculture and education relating to health and welfare.

We work with volunteers who are dedicated in supporting Kori. They help to raise funds for shipping, buying seeds and forming tools, paying school fees for girls, donating medical/hospital stuff etc. They derive great satisfaction from this knowing that they are helping to change lives and empower people.

2000 women from the rural community of Kori Chiefdom including Taiama have now become members including 20 men. There are many more women wanting to join when funds are available.

Rice, Cassava, Sweet Potatoes, Vegetables and Peanuts have been successfully planted and harvested. The effect on the self esteem and health of the women involved and their families is considerable.

Micro- credit with minimal interest has enabled women to start their own small scale income generating projects.

We also speak out for vulnerable girls. Rose Moriba Simbo who is the founder and managing Director of the organisation is a tireless campaigner for the eradication of female genital mutilation {FGM}. As a midwife, she has first hand knowledge of the long term impact of FGM in all its forms. During her visits to Kori Chiefdom, she tries to persuade young girls and their mothers that FGM is both dangerous and debilitating. She hopes to encourage her community to adopt other ways to celebrate their daughters coming of age.

We pay school fees for 20 girls at the moment and there are many more to help when funds are available. We also provide them with washable sanitary towels and knickers to enable them to meet their hygiene needs and to continue attending school without feeling embarrassed when they are menstruating.

Our main aim for the next few years is to build a public library in Taiama {The Sandy Raffan Memorial Library} this will be first of its kind in the District. Our future plan will be to build a maternity unit in Taiama attached to a school of midwifery. It is a well known fact that increasing pregnant women’s access to skilled obstetric in pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period will reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity .There are no government hospitals in the villages including Taiama as yet though we have small clinics., The people have no money to pay for transportation to get to the government hospitals when there is an obstetric complication. According to the UN, the under 5’s mortality rate in 2008 was 140 per 1,000 live births and maternal mortality ratio was 857 per 100,000 live births. There is also a 1:8% chance of a woman dying in pregnancy from complications in Sierra Leone. There is also a huge shortage of trained and skilled birth attendants in the country at the moment. We believe that building a maternity unit will help save the lives of women and their children. We aim to work closely with obstetricians, midwives, medical students and student midwives in England and other interested countries.

SPECIFIC GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

  • To acquire vast land for agricultural activities.
  • To facilitate the establishment of large farms for the cultivation of Rice, Cassava, peanut, beans and Sweet Potatoes
  • To purchase agricultural equipments in order to increase crop production.
  • To buy animals like goats, sheep, pigs, fowls and ducks for breeding and eating.
  • We aim to give crop loans to groups of women in order to empower them and assist in building their self esteem after the harvest, the crops are returned with interest, this is to enable them in acquiring vast land for agriculture and to create awareness in increasing their crop production. We aim to add more women to the organisation each year.
  • We aim to give micro loans to women for market gardening and small scale business. The loan will be repaid with a small interest. This is to enable them to increase their livelihood skills and income thus reducing the risk of sexual exploitation and enabling them to achieve a positive social role. It is believed that earning their own money will prevent them from undertaken FGM work for which they are given a small amount of money.
  • We aim to increase the number of girls we pay school fees for to a large number/ safe minimum.

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