Project information

Girls Empowerment Centre (Shelter) in Sierra Leone

Rape girl’s children, poor girls at risk of prostitution due to poverty, orphans, survivors of violence, counselling, therapy, shelter

September 2012 - August 2013

Charity information: Girl Child Network Worldwide

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  • Need


    After the 11years of war in Sierra Leone the girl children suffer rape and violence, which is still on the rise. GCNSL is currently supporting 30 raped girls with their families in area from Freetown to Southern of Sierra Leone. Daily we receive over 10 reported and many unreported case. There are no centres for rape therapy and counselling programs for girls in Sierra Leone. The huge number of girls grows up with posttraumatic disorders and psychological challenges, yet no help.


    GCNSL wants to established two centres for 50 – 100 girls. GCNW plans to support GCNSL with building of these two centres, strengthen service provision, set up a comprehensive rape crisis and counselling therapy program that helps girls to go through rape therapy. We have secure two plots of land and half structure donated by chiefs in Pujhun town. We need a Girls Empowerment Centre to train counsellors, medical and educational staff to secure sustainability with high quality services provided.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Conduct group and one on one rape therapy and counselling sessions for sexually abused girls


    » Run group counselling sessions for girls in two Girls Empowerment Centres weekly with a qualified counsellor using art and craft work as therapy
    » Launch mobile private and confidential mobile counselling services for rape survivors in marginalised areas of cities and towns in Sierra Leone
    » Facilitate reintegration workshops for sexually abused girls with other girls in girls empowerment school and community based clubs

    What success will look like

    Success will be at least 30 girls per month in our shelters with written stories on healing ,healthy, brighter and back in school.

    Aim 2

    Facilitate social reintegration of sexually abused girls with families, school and communities


    » Run one on one as well as group counselling sessions for parents and community leaders in school, churches, medical centres and social services
    » Facilitate formation of child monitoring committees that include that include chiefs, teachers, police and all stakeholders to oversee reintegration
    » Provide basic needs in food,shelter,medical assistance and educational needs like school fees and uniforms

    What success will look like

    Success will be at least 25 girls per month fully reintegrated into their families and no girl escaping violence from home again. Reduced readmission rate at shelters.

    Aim 3

    Create awareness and community mobilisation on rape therapy and locally based counselling services


    » Run Everyone a Counsellor workshops to educate families and community members on the effects of rape and sexual abuse on young girls
    » Train, register and certify community based leaders on local leaders for healing and transformation.
    » Run workshops for school teachers on how to handle girls who have been raped and use of referral network for professionals

    What success will look like

    Success will be 50 certified community leaders in five areas of operation who are certified as basic counsellors and therapists. A clear referral network created and effective.

  • Impact


    Rape therapy and counselling for rape victims has never been available to poor and marginalised girls who are traumatised. This is the first time to deal with post-traumatic disorders detrimental to their health and poor education performance. This will help the girls lead happy and healthy lives and grow to their full potential. Stigma attached to rape and persecution of rape victims and not perpetrators will end. When everyone is a counsellor, everyone heals, becomes bright, active and vibrant


    Sierra Leone is about to go into elections in November and it is known such elections for violent. We will be disturb if our project is suspected of involving or to be in sympathy with the opposition. The whole project can be misinterpreted and get attacked by any of the two outstanding parties’ supporters. To deal with such a situation we have always made strict rules that our partners focus on helping girls and to avoid any situations where their political affiliation can affect the charity.


    GCNW has created two groups for donors, one on Facebook and another on Google groups. Our principle is that of everyone participating in project implementation and so we keep dialogue from start to end of project. We send videos, audiotapes, photos, reports. We invite donors for quarterly skype meet

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £59,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 3 buildings Using user friendly building materials locally for 3 bedrooms each
      £10,000 Counsellors fees Fees for 12 professional staff,trainers and Girl Child Monitors
      £3,000 Girls Empowerment costs Running costs for two Girls shelters-100 girls per month
      £3,000 Training materials Fliers,manuals,files, Girls Empowerment kits,books
      £4,000 Training peer counselors Run ten workshops for girls who want to counsel other girls
      £4,000 Administration Staff costs,mantainance of girls vehicle,communication with partner,reporting to donors
      £15,000 Basic needs for girls Provision of medication,food,shelter,school fees for girls on reintegration
  • Background


    The project is coordinated from headquarters in Freetown to Grafton and Pujhun, Sierra Leone. Freetown is a high density city with three slums was we have three community clubs with 300 deprived girls from 0-18. There is 80% unemployment, school drop-out and sex exploitation of prevalence amongst girls is 60%. The other one Girls Empowerment Centre that will provide shelter to sexually abused girls is in Pujhun between 300 miles from Freetown the Capital City of Sierra Leone.


    Grafton (Greater Freetown) and Pujhun are the places where girls access help and shelter after being sexually abused. Our partner, GCNW decided to create two Girls Empowerment Centres where the girls are admitted for long-term rehabilitation. Girls who benefit in our project are orphaned, rape and domestic violence victims, HIV positive and out-of-school drops who have no functional family to turn to for help. They come from areas with harmful cultural practices and with no basic services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The project we support is a new chapter joining GCNW multi global award winner whose model of empowerment of girls won United Nations Red Ribbon at the International Aids Conference. Our Girl Child Empowerment Model is hailed as a best practice and documented as a practice by University of Essex and the recently launched On The Up Project. We have a record of delivering life-changing programs for girls with cost effective strategies. The whole amount elsewhere could have paid one counsellor.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Pavla Cveckova

    Pavla is our Quality and Development manager and evaluator who ensure every program developed is of high quality and transforms lives of girls.

    Anita Koroma

    Anita is the Country Director of Girl Child Network in Sierra Leone. She manages the day to day operations of the charity.

    Agnes Williams

    She has a degree in counselling and a child specialist who uses her skills in different therapy. She will train communities and girls in counselling.

    Betty Makoni

    She is the Chief Executive Officer who helps with program design and implementation. Over all in charge of the whole network.

Anita Koroma  out to save girls lives

Anita Koroma out to save girls lives


Provides basics to a sexually abused girl weekly

Welcome everyone joining us.Girl Child Network Sierra Leone is new.Hoping to keep you posted on growth and development of GCN Sierra Leone

Anita Koroma-Founding Director