WHY ORPHAN AND VULNERABLE GIRLS?
Young girls are disproportionately vulnerable to societal evils than boys. Their physiological susceptibility is greater than boys, and is fueled by poverty, their low status, unequal economic rights, and educational opportunities, which place them at more risk to sexual exploitation, trafficking and abuse.
DEFINITION OR ORPHAN AND VULNERABLE GIRL
A girl who have lost one or both parents are tagged as orphans while a vulnerable girl is who because of circumstance of birth or immediate environment is prone to abuse or deprivation of basic needs, care and protection, and thus disadvantaged relative to her peers. Below are the categories of target girls the Hope Center will cater for:
- Girl who have lost one or both parents.
- Girl living with terminally or chronically ill parents.
- Girl living with aged or frail grand parents.
- Abandoned girl child.
- Internally displaced or separated girl child.
WHY LOCATE IN MUQDISHO?
Somalia was created in 1960 from former British protectorate and an Italian colony with Muqdisho as its capital. The country collapsed into anarchy following the overthrow of the military regime of president Siad Barre in 1991. However, the two relatively peaceful northern regions of Somaliland and Puntland effectively broke away leaving the capital Muqdisho with the turmoil of a prolonged war.
This prolonged war took its toll on the weak and vulnerable members of the community, especially, women and children. A large member of these children are little girls who are perceived in our society as a great burden. The quality of life of these girls is most deplorable.
They wander around and live in unsuitable shelters with vast majority of orphaned girls getting raped and abused.
Against this background, the promoters decided to locate the Hope Center in Muqdisho to forestall such abuse.
Construction of a secured and befitting Center with proper facilities focused on loving, nurturing and caring for orphaned and vulnerable girls with a view to providing them with a physical, mental and spiritual support needed.
The center will be built on a 4,000 square meters of land already acquired and fenced by the promoters in Muqdisho.
The center will consist of six building structures as follow:-
- Dormitory and school mothers’ facilities
- Kitchen and dining facilities
- Matron and sick bay
- Administrative block
- Storage and miscellaneous facility
DORMITORY FOR GIRLS SCHOOL MOTHERS:
The dormitory will be designed to meet each girl child’s living space need. Each dormitory has a population of occupants consisting of 10 girls and a school mother to monitor and care for the young girls. Single beds with bedsides cabinet will be used. Each girl will have her own small wardrobe.
KITCHEN AND DINING FACILITY
There will be a large kitchen and an adjacent dining hall where all the girls will eat together as a family.
MATRON AND SICK BAY
A resident Nurse matron who will be responsible for the running of the dormitory and wellbeing of the girls will be employed. An adjoining room which serves as sick bay where the children will receive first aid medical allocation will be created.
The classrooms will be designed to meet the needs of the various classes. They are four in number and will be demarcated properly for effective utilization.
LIBRARY/ COMPUTER ROOM
A fully functional library will be made available for the girls. Group reading will be encouraged. A specific room will be designated as computer room.
The offices will be used by the faculty and staff to carry out the various administrative needs of the orphanage.
Admission records, academic registers, inventories, files and other records will be properly organized in this block.
The store will be used for the storage of equipment, supplies and goods.
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
The following is a summary of equipment and supplies necessary for the various facilities in the Hope Center.
DORMITORY AND SCHOOL MOTHERS
- Beds, bedding and mattresses
- Bedside Cabinet
- Metal wardrobe
- Window blinds
- Uniform clothing and foot wear
- Toiletries and personal items
- Water dispenser. etc.
KITCHEN AND DINNING FACILITY
- Gas stoves and cylinders
- Water filters and dispenser
- Dining table and chairs
- Dining ware and utensils
- Cooking pots, pans and utensils
- Storage bins for food and water
- Desks, tables and chairs
- School books and supplies
- White board
LIBRARY/ COMPUTER ROOM
- Desk, tables and chairs
- Books and supplies
- Computers and other related electronic items
- Office equipment
- Table and chairs
- Filing cabinets
- Communication equipment
MATRON RESIDENT AND SICK BAY
- Bed and beddings
- Window curtains
- Medical equipment
- Medicines and medical supplies
- First Aid and emergency kits
- Side cabinets
- Metal wardrobe
STORAGE AND OTHER FACILITIES
- Main store for the center
- Cleaning and janitorial supplies
- Equipment and supplies