RESCUING, REHABILITATING and REDEEMING THOSE SEXUALLY ABUSED, EXPLOITED AND TRAFFICKED IN THE GAMBIA and LIBERIA, WEST AFRICA
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Samaritana started in 2015 reaching out to girls and women who were hustling in the infamous SeneGambia tourist strip.
From there it grew into making Recycled plastic water bags, then Rag bags, then Recyclable Sanitary kits, all the while visiting the local brothels to show love to the girls/women there.
Two Interns in 2017 took things to the next level and began doing three-week presentations in schools, where we quickly uncovered a high degree of sexual abuse both by staff and in local communities.
After years of fighting to get Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with some Government departments amidst demands for fast fast money from their people, we now have, three years later MOUs with the Education Department, Department of Social Services, the Police and the support of the local Bakau community.
God provided an excellent Compound and a great Samaritana Gambia Board. Samaritana Gambia can now provide accommodation as requested by victims, police and family.
We also run a Free Community Library there with 1500 books, provide occupational and small group Rehabilitation using Play, Dance, Puppets, Water and Song Poems and other forms of Therapy.
In 2020, after our fast promoted Intern to Investigator to Team Leader to CEO’s instigation, a parallel Samaritana was started in Liberia because of our reception there by a number of young women’s organisations who were desperate for a Safe House. Samaritana Liberia was formed and gave them training on how to Reach, Rescue, Rehabilitate, Redeem Victims and Survivors, as well as prosecute offenders. In April 2022, God provided a way for Samaritana Liberia to open a Safe House.
Two new Samaritana Liberian workers with Tru – October 2021