A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Don Bosco Fambul, has introduced shelter for girls aged 8 to 17 years who have experienced violence like rape, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
The newly established Laura Viguna Shelter for Girls stands for a non- violent and advice centre on Siaka Stevens Street in Freetown, designed as a protection area and crisis intervention . Director of Don Bosco Fambul, Brother Lothar Wagner, told a press conference yesterday at their newly established office at Siaka Stevens Street, that his organization saw the need to help those girls who, he said, have experienced violence that they are not there alone, as Don Bosco Fambul will be with them at all times.
He stated that there will be more than 15 female social workers at the newly established Laura Viguna Shelter and the Girls Child Line.
Brother Wagner reiterated that Don Bosco works in strong network with the Police, hospitals, Lawyers, Companies and other NGOs, as well as the government of Sierra Leone to protect girls.
He warned all those people who violate the rights of girls to desist from such act.
The Girls shelter offers basic supply and care, including food and drinks, showers and laundry facilities, a place to retreat and sleep, and above all, opportunities for talking and getting into contact with others.
Don Bosco Fambul was established during the war in 1998 in response to the need for the protection and care of homeless children. It is considered as one of the leading child protection agencies in the country and is a member of street children task force.
The Laura Viguna Shelter project is for two years.
By Abibatu Kamara