SoS AFRICAN GIRLS IN DANGER
Our NGO is an offshoot of a therapy group for excision patients and asylum seekers. Its goal is to contribute to the effective implementation of the Human Rights established by the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights by working toward the abolition of excision and forced marriages in Western Africa.
The African girls in danger are the little girls who have remained in the village and who risk at any time being excised and married as children.
Under international law, excision qualifies as inhumane and degrading treatment amounting to torture. Excision often happens before girls reach the age of 14. Excision is generally performed in a traditional context, and may be considered by the communities which perform it as an initiative rite, a compulsory passage from one social status to another. Yet, the consequences of such practices are tragic for women’s health and are widely unknown by the communities (severe bleeding, urinary issues, development of sexually transmissible diseases, infections, infertility, complications when giving birth, increase of the risk of death of newborns, etc.)
➣ 200 million women are excised, in majority in 25 African countries.
➣ 3 million girls below 15 years old risk being excised each year.
➣ 1 victim every 4 minutes according to Unicef.
OUR SOCIAL PROJECT
It entails buying Canadian school buses in order to turn them into mobile connected dispensaries.
In the dispensary part of the bus, health professionals mandated by the Government will be available to listen to the young girls and their mothers and to give them medical treatment.
is a Public Health Project for Western Africa.
It aims to contribute to the improvement of living conditions in the most disadvantaged areas.
These will be able to travel through the most distant rural zones to reach the regions and villages which are most concerned by the practice of excision.
Other young citizens, digital experts, will use the satellite connexion provided by the bus to stimulate and nourish the activist communities in the villages through contact with the social networks.
The through the mobile health clinics,
➣ Providing medical care to excised women and girls
➣ Raising awareness of the civil populations on the consequences of excision
➣ Reducing the practice of excision at the national and pan-African level
Senegal has been selected as the pilot country for launching this project. A first bus will be put together and perfected in the field with our local partners so as to make it possible to reproduce the project in 9 other countries both in respect to the technical side and to the human resources involved. A trip has already been made to Dakar to meet our future partners.
The target countries are :
Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania and Togo.
OUR PROJECT TEAM
Madame Danielle MÉRIAN : President of SoS Africaines en Danger.
She leads this project and handles its promotion in France on a daily basis in the media, the social network, before non-profit organizations and various fora (French Senate, UNICEF, UNESCO, etc.).
Monsieur Jean-Michel VANZO : Project Manager and Project Proponent.
He has experience carrying out various humanitarian projects on the ground.
He manages the project with Danielle MERIAN.
Madame Aminata BAKHOUM : Senegalese Filmmaker.
Correspondent for Senegal and West Africa, she is in charge of following up with the project on the field and of relations with our local partners. She created privileged contacts with health clinics, village leaders, former cutters (person performing the excision). These contacts will allow to maximise the impact of the actions which will be carried out in these regions.
OUR LOCAL PARTNERS
➣ Dakar Dem Dikk. is a major public transportation company in Senegal with a park of more than 500 buses.
It will provide the technical workshops where the buses will be modified. It will also provide the project with support for maintenance and transportation of spare parts.
➣ Association Colors of Africa and From Here. It intervenes as an entrepreneurial expert to set up microeconomics sustainable solutions in the regions where the Dispensary School Bus will operate.
➣ Associations of ex-excisers. They will collaborate with the Dispensary School Bus in the regions visited to better optimize actions in the field and benefit from their know-how. Two of them have been identified for the region of Matam and Dakar.
Global budget for the complete project 10 countries, 10 buses - 5 years : 1 000 000 €
Global budget for the complete pilot project - 3 years : 395 000 €
Necessary budget to launch the initial pilot project in Senegal - 1 year : 173 400 €
From civil society :
From foundations and associations:
64 800 €
68 000 €
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
➣ Through our fundraising appeal. It is being made via “GoFundMe” a professional, participatory, online platform with all necessary security for credit card payment over the internet.
➣ By spreading our project to as many people as possible, talk about it !
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