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
We want to send combination dispensary and internet hub buses to Africa to help scale back excision. These will be used Canadian school buses, available for sale in bulk in Canada, which will be transformed and shipped by boat as far as Senegal.
Buses must be bought and made over in order to be able to take the working teams into the regions and villages where excision is the most prevalent.
Professional health workers, will be available in the dispensary part of the bus to listen to mothers and little girls and to treat them.
Young media professionals will use the satellite connection on the bus for outreach and to connect the activist communities with the villages visited and the digital world village of 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 : Filmmaker from Dakar. 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 €
Already received from civil society following the call for donations on the crowdfunding website Go Fund Me (05/2019): 60 000 €
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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