mend the Gap Schooling Program for Vulnerable Ebola orphans

A project by Bright Light Projects

Advocating & Implementing UNSDGs - Mend The Gap Schooling Program for Vulnerable Ebola orphans (SDG4)
-What is the aim of this project?
To provide school fees, schools learning materials, vocational skills training to about 250 EVD orphans and provide them a childhood that they never experienced and help them to become useful members of the society.

-Who is targeted/impacted by your work and where?
Ebola orphans in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia

Who is involved and how are they involved?
1- Bright light Projects Sierra Leone (BLPSL) training staff and volunteers to conduct vulnerability assessments in key communities. Assessments are conducted based on BLP key performance indicators to select and qualify vulnerable orphans.
2 - The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender & Children (MSWGCA) Affairs collaborates with BLPSL as part of Government recovery efforts in providing data to BLPSL of all Ebola orphans and survivors in the two most affected districts of Bombali and Western Rural District. This helps eliminate fraud and avoids duplication of efforts.

When and how did the project start?
October 2014 with the Concert for Ebola Relief in Maryland, raising funds and awareness on the last Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Funds benefited doctors without Borders and International Medical Corps. 2015 started working on Ebola orphans ALbum recording songs and videos in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon. In 2017, BLP established its office in Sierra Leone

How do you do it?
Key activities include:
Education Need vulnerability assessment of orphans
School fees and Learning Materials
Vocational Skill Training
Monitoring and Evaluation
Psychosocial counseling to both orphans and caregivers

-How is your initiative innovative?
It encourages EVD orphans to kindle their potential by providing creative opportunities and basic literacy and opportunities for them to compete thereby building confidence and self-esteem

How is it transformative?
It supports EVD orphans to accomplish physical, intellectual, and personal development. It transforms them to become responsible and contribute positively to the development of their communities

-What has been the impact?
Through schooling and vocational skills training, young people have been transformed into great assets in the communities

About the Organization /Team

Bright Lights Projects (BLP) is an International Non-Government Organization with Headquarters in Houston Texas. For the past four years, BLP has been working organizations like Doctors without Borders (MSF) and the International Medical Corps. One of the cornerstones of BLP’s success has been its ability to build strategic partnership with organizations championing specific humanitarian needs.
BLP’s vision is to promote and support BLP beneficiaries to become self-reliant and contribute positively to the development of their communities
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Realated SDGs
4 Quality Education 6 Clean Water & Sanitation