August 17, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
In a bid to promote gender equality in the country, Don Bosco Fambul on Friday, 14 August, 2015 through their Home Plus project certified 142 girls in various skills training.
The award ceremony, which was held at the St. Anthony’s Hall on Syke Street in Freetown, brought together stakeholders from government, parents and guardians, with the event aso marking 200 years of Don Bosco Fambul.
In his welcome address, Director of Don Bosco Fambul, Brother Lothar Wagner stated that the 142 female trainees are from their girls shelter home who have benefitted from a two-year skills training, including catering, hair dressing and tailoring and it is two year training.
He said many people think that Don Bosco Fambul works only with boys on the street and inmates at Correctional Centres, while only few know they are running a shelter for girls and young women who have experienced violence, such as rape.
A representative from the Office of the First Lady, Florence N. Sesay called on the grandaunts to make good use of skills they had acquired as it would contribute greatly in transforming their lives, adding that lack of skills training has cause many women and girls to become drop-outs.
She showered praise on Don Bosco for their contribution to promoting gender equality in the country, and also called on them to provide employment for the beneficiaries.
Project Coordinator of Home Plus Project, Peter A. French said the project targets 300 girls, including the 142 who received certificates last Friday.
He said the grandaunts would each take home a start-up kit, which cost Le100 million, adding that some of them have already been employed.
“I am therefore appealing to the grandaunts to always come to Don Bosco as we are always ready to provide support for them whenever they need help. Since our beneficiaries have been in their different schools, our Social Workers have been visiting them to know how they were coping,” he said.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Sia Bernadette Sandi, from the Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone, said they have been working with Don Bosco Fambul in transforming the lives of boys and girls in the country, adding that the Catholic charity is a key partner providing help to boys and girls, in a bid to take them out of the street.