RESCUING, REHABILITATING and REDEEMING THOSE SEXUALLY ABUSED, EXPLOITED AND TRAFFICKED IN THE GAMBIA
This is what we do
Samaritana, as a Gambian controlled, & led ministry, shows acts of love towards the people of The Gambia by doing the following…..
In alphabetical order
1 BRA’s: We supply bra’s and other free items to survivors of sexual abuse, to their mothers and sisters too, & to girls & women in our neighbourhood.
2 COURT WORK: We always accompany survivors and witnesses to court.
3 EVIDENCE: We replace lost case evidence, monitor it so it gets safely into & out of the Prosecution office, we continue this through the AG’s office too.
4 FOODSTUFFS: We redistribute free foodstuffs given to us, by a local supermarket in Fajara, passing any balance onto Hart House (children with physical & intellectual disabilities).
5 KITS: We make Recyclable Sanitary Kits (Occupational Therapy) which gives days back to girls for their education, days that they currently lose. The kits last 3 yr and survivors are paid to make them
6 LIBRARY: We run a Free Community Library for children & adults to use for study and reading. A local toubab runs English classes there as well.
7 MICRO-ENTERPRISE FUND: is available to all SamT team members and their families, so as to broaden their skills basis and provide for schooling.
8 POLICE: We get referrals from Police HQ & follow up victims and monitor their cases as well as offenders if they’re not in prison where they belong
9 SCHOOLS: We do School Presentations focusing on Good and Bad Touch, Relationships, Prostitution and Menstralation. Our Annon Question Box, that we use every session, always uncovers abuse
10 SPONSORS: We find ourselves acting as agents for tourists who ask us to handle sponsorship money gets to the family and child they are sponsoring.
11 SHELTER: We can shelter sexual abuse survivors, up to 10 children in at any one time. Our shelter is under the guidance of the DSW.
12 SURVIVORS: We do long term rehab ministry with survivors in Group Therapy (Art, Physical, Puppet Work, Dancing, Drama etc) as well as individual mentoring.
13 We pray for and with the victims and survivors. We do not proselytise