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HANCi S/L & SCoSL:
‘STREET CHILD MAKENI’ REPORT - MAY 2009
In May, we felt the need to consolidate the gains made so far, particularly those of
April. With the reunification work almost complete, we are transitioning from the first (emergency) stage to the second (educational) stage of the project cycle. And the
ever-increasing challenge of character moulding the children as they come to terms
with their difficult past is more than enough work for the project staff. Highlights
- 9 of the remaining 12 children traced & reunified.
- Visited all 108 homes of the reunified children.
- Visited all the 34 in their new schools. - More on advocacy and a Memorandum of Understanding is signed by FSU,
- Information exchange meeting held with street children and the police.
- Project update meeting held with paramount chiefs and community leaders.
- Low turn out at ICC (Interim Care Centre) in week mornings
Working progress and challenges – the street children
May consolidated the gains we made in the previous month. There was a need for more follow up visits to both the homes of the reunified children and to the learning
institutions where we placed the first set of reunified children. There was also the need to continue our outreach programme through the work of the CCRMGs as well
as bring more community stakeholders to understand the project, as well as help
monitor its activities. We also had some of our local partners becoming much more committed to our work after col aborating together for about six months. We
continued our sensitization, this time with young people and law enforcement officers and held our counselling and other routine sessions at the interim care centre.
Our daily attendance has dropped within the morning sessions due to the fact that
(34) children are in schools, while the other 74 (reunified) trickle in slowly till the
afternoon when the centre becomes full. Full morning turn outs are only recorded on Saturdays. The reasons for staying home in the morning for those not yet in school
are varied. While some are settling down with their families after the reunification; others are missing their friends already in school, and will only appear when their
friends’ coming was near at hand. However, the afternoon sees al of them come to
take part in all of the activities of the centre.
This key activity still goes on, and is well patronized. As is already stated, the lunch
and the last meal receive the highest attendance. Non-registered children are also
ever increasing, ranging from 30 – 40 this month. The children continue to enjoy the meals.
Family Tracing and Reunifications
Only three (3) out of the twelve (12) are yet to be traced and reunified. These are
Fenty, Hassan and Alusine. (Hassan is serving a jail term for stealing a cell phone.) Fenty said his family is in Masingbi, some forty (40) miles from Makeni. We would have completed his reunification by now, but he abandoned the centre since February
and travelled to Freetown (as we were told). We still have not seen him since then.
Alusine on the other hand, was a close associate of the jailed Hassan. They, in fact,
live together. Since the arrest of his ‘friend’, he became unnecessarily aggressive and never stays long in the centre. All the stories he has told about his family have all
All the other remaining 9 were successfully reunified with their families.
Another of the main activities of the centre - continuing either at one-to-one or at
group level. We continue to look at al aspects of behaviour change in the group programmes and deal with the specifics at individual level. We also continued to help
special sessions for our school-going children.
In the area of trauma healing, after a lot of counselling sessions, so much change has
She is now active and punctual. She has found time to play and interact with colleagues, and has built a strong relationship and trust with her caregiver.
After receiving care from HANCi (SCoSL) for the past six months, she wrote a letter of
appreciation to the staff expressing her gratitude for such gesture of goodness and kindness. She is receiving counselling in order to continue such a positive behaviour.
The following had specific issues for which they received psychosocial counselling: HASSAN
Hassan was a very quiet boy but was provoked by a visitor (Alpha). They both fought, leaving Hassan with a deep cut on his right arm. They are both receiving counselling.
He was reported by his caregiver that whenever he returned home from HANCi in the
evening hours, he would move round fighting other children in the neighbourhood.
This was breeding strong animosity with the neighbour, hence the complaint. He is also been counselled.
Foday Bangura was reported to have been beaten by a visiting boy while on their way
home on the 21st May. He has been counselled to desist from fighting Medical
The health centre provides curative, preventive and health education services to our
beneficiaries. We work in collaboration with hospitals and clinic in the Makeni
Township. During the month under review the following activities were undertaken at the health centre:
- Health talks on environmental sanitation
Health Talks on Environmental Sanitation was presented to the street children in
Makeni by staff nurse Aminata at the interim care centre on the 26th May 2009 as a way of sensitizing them to take precaution for their health.
- Provision of safe and adequate supply of water
- Proper disposal of waste - Safeguarding of food
A period of questions & answers saw to it that these components were well discussed
to allow a reasonable understanding of the topic.
Visit by Marie Stopes Staff
Staff members from the Marie Stopes Clinic visited the HANCi Clinic to check on the street girls who were provided with contraceptives. A good check up was done by the
team on each of the recipient and from the observations, no abnormality or complex result was reported.
The second purpose of their visit was to invite us to their family planning promotion
ceremony which was held on the 29th May, 2009, at the Makeni town hall. We sent a
representative. The team promised to visit the centre next month.
Treatment of Beneficiaries
Below are the reported cases for the month.
complex, Tabs Quinine, Tabs ACT, Tabs chloroquine, Tabs Routine, Tabs
Inj crystalline, Tabs septrine, Tabs vit.
Transmitted Caps DCN, Tabs metronidazole, Inj
gentamycin, Inj procaine penicillin tabs paracetamol
chloraphenicol, tabs routine, tabs paracetamol
Tabs, gelusil, tabs metronidazole, caps
Procaine Penicillin, (powder& Inj) G.V
We made two referrals and both were successfully treated.
II. Outreach, Reconciliation and Advocacy – Consultations with Street
Children, Families and Community Leaders
Awareness Raising Meeting with Children and Young People.
This meeting took place on the 14th May 2009 at the HANCi Children’s Centre, Makeni.
94 street children and 20 youth leaders from 10 youth groups in the township
attended. There were 4 facilitators who led discussions on the following topics: • The Role and Responsibilities of Parents towards their Children
o Mrs Jestina Memuna Smart, Counsellor Makeni City Council.
o Mr. Abdulai Kamara, Probation Officer, MSWGCA
• Community Participation in Upbringing of Children
• Children must be seen and heard in their Homes and Community
o Rev. Paul M. Kargbo – Teacher of Birch Memorial Secondary School.
At the end of the meeting, the chairman encouraged youth leaders, to collaborate
with HANCi in helping the ‘refined’ children to become useful citizens in the near future. In reply, the youth leaders expressed willingness to accept these children and
work in their favour if only they were willing and ready to go back to their families.
They expressed gratitude to HANCi for SCoSL Project which has come to bridge the gap between them and their once beloved children.
Social worker, Abu Sesay gave the vote of thanks.
Annual Meeting for Street Children on the Roles and Responsibilities of the
Police and How They Can Access Available Services for Children
May 16 saw 20 youth leaders from youth groups in Makeni, 80 street children and
some NGO representatives converge at the Interim Care Centre (ICC) for this session. The regional co-ordinator gave the welcome address while the project co-ordinator
explained the purpose of the meeting. While welcoming the participants, the project co-ordinator said the meeting was to broaden the knowledge of street children on the
roles and responsibilities of the police, a confidence and trust building process that
will enable children to access services the police can provide even in conflict situation. • Mr Daniel Kamara of the Family Support Unit
o Spoke on the support given to children that are in conflicts with the law
as well relating to promoting and protecting gender roles within the
• Mr. Theophilus Samuel Koroma, Crime Officer Makeni Division
o Spoke on the services available to law officers for children.
• Mr. Abdulai Kamara, Probation Office of the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender
o Spoke on the right of children and responsibilities of parents towards
David Kamara, a visiting child moved the vote of thanks. In his statement, he
expressed appreciation for the salient points brought out in the questioning time and the explanation of the three facilitators, especially on the services available from law
officers to children, and the effort made by SCoSL in reunifying his colleagues and
placing them in educational institutions. He also adviced his colleagues to desist from all crime related activities and to see the police as a law enforcing body, rather than
enemies. Refresher Training Workshop for Community Child Rights Monitoring Group
on Child Rights Issues and Positive Discipline.
The project has three CCRMGs in the three communities where it has the highest
number of reunified street children. Each is made up of 9 members, a total of 27 in all. They are the ‘defenders of children’s rights in their communities’. For them to play
this role, they needed to receive certain training in child right issues. Having received
their initial training a few months back, we saw the need to bring them together to refresh them on some relevant things they needed to know in preparation for their
work in earnest. We had all of them for this training on May 19, at 4pm. Mr. Abdulai Kamara of MSWGA spoke on the Child Rights Act.
Mr. Mustapha Kieh of DCI spoke on the responsibilities of parents as is enshrined in
Child Rights act. At the commencement of the training, participants were encouraged to face their
responsibility and continue their work in their communities. This refresher was to build more confidence in them. At the end, they had the opportunity to conduct role plays
on how to respond to child rights issues, how to record cases of abuse and how to report such cases to the appropriate quarter. It proved to be very participatory and a
lot was learnt. We are looking forward to see how they will work within their
Meeting with Paramount Chiefs and other Local Authorities
This meeting was an attempt to explain the project to community leaders again,
answer any queries or questions they may have, and invite them to collaborate with
us in the monitoring of the project. It took place on the 20th May at the HANCi’s ICC in Makeni.
Our audience included the Deputy Mayor, and the Development Planning Officer of the Makeni City Council, Councillors of both the city and district councils,
representatives of Bombali Seborah and Makari Gbanti Chiefdoms, Section Chiefs, Local Chiefs, Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs officials and
Section Chiefs within the three communities we work in (Bangura Street, Campbell
Street and Ropolon community). The regional co-ordinator gave a brief background to the project. The project co-
ordinator (SCoSL) explained the purpose of the meeting and gave a detailed run-down of project activities since its inception.
Councillor Ishmael Bangura expressed thanks and appreciation on behalf of his fellow
councillors, stressing on its timeliness and wishing that the target beneficiaries be
increased. He further said that they would report to the council about the efforts HANCi/SCoSL is making to reduce the number of children living on the streets.
The deputy Mayor of the Makeni City council expressed similar sentiment, saying how
interested they were in the project. She said she was most pleased with the educational aspect of the children. She ended by appealing to her colleagues and their
communities to change their attitudes towards positive parenting.
The meeting ended successfully with all present promising to help in the supervision
of the project and help its progress when and wherever possible. Radio Discussion
Following the meeting with paramount chiefs, and other local authorities, an hour
long panel discussion was hosted that night at the SLBS radio on FM 88.0 and was
aired simultaneously at FM 95.1. It had, on the panel, the project coordinator and two
social workers and it was meant to acquaint the community of Makeni and its environs on the activities of the street children project since its inception in Makeni. Mr Falilu
Amadu Sesay, the deputy station manager of SLBS FM 88.0, helped in moderating the programme. All those that listened to it reported that the discussion went very well.
Community Sensitisation Work by Members of the CCRMGs.
This took place on the 21st May at the Ropolon Community, a response to a request
made in CCRMG refresher training. The meeting started at 4:00pm and was chaired
by a CCRMG member, Mr. Augustine Anrea of the host Community. 23 CCRMG members and 32 community people attended - including parents, teachers and other
stakeholders. The staff merely observed the meeting. Everything else was done by the CCRMG
members. They took the front one at a time to explain the project, their own role, and what was expected of every community member- they were really outstanding in their
delivery and community members understood them. The speakers included Isatu Jalloh, Sento Kpukumu, Isatu Kamara and the chairman of the day.
The meeting ended successfully, judging by the responses of the stakeholders. Pa
Ibrahim Jalloh, chief of Ropolon, thanked HANCi for such a venture and encouraged
his subjects to work earnestly, especially as his community in particular had a lot of
abuse cases. He promised to set up by-laws towards the rights and obligations of
children in his community. Mr. Ansumana Koroma, a teacher within the community, thanked HANCi and stated
that all that has been done was good. However, the only problem is that they have many children in that community who were not going to school and they are at risk to
take to the street. He pleaded with the organisation for their prompt intervention in that area also.
Fatima Gbla, a CCRMG member of Bangura Street gave the vote of thanks.
Visitation of schools
We visited 4 primary schools, 1 hairdressing salon and 1 vocational training institution.
We checked particularly on their punctuality, regularity, class participation and general conduct. The reports are very much mixed, as would be expected at this stage - but
we took time to record all our observations for each.
Games and sport
We held training sessions for both soccer and athletics at Birch Memorial Secondary
School. These games are being organised for thorough bonding and better interaction among children. Children suggested that they would like to organise a sporting
competition like a football gala or athletic competition. The girls stayed at the compound playing vol eyball and other indoor games. They are also looking forward to having a volleyball competition with girls from either Birch
Memorial Secondary School or United Methodist Church Secondary School.
III. Organisational briefings
The staff continue to be dedicated to the work and a very strong team spirit is been built gradually. Hiring the two new staff last month was really the right thing to do.
Their presence is partly why we achieved this much in the last two months.
We continue to enjoy an undivided loyalty with our partners. To cement our ties with
several of our key [partners, we were delighted to sign formal memoranda of
understanding with the Police Family Support Unit, Defence for Children International (DCI), Timap for Justice and Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs
- Some of the thirty-four children placed in schools complain of being hungry
- The Seventy-four reunified children are anxiously waiting to be placed in
- There is a rapid increase in the number of children visiting the centre especially
- We recommend the provision of waterproofs for staff since the rainy season is
- We recommend reunification packages for the one hundred and seventeen
In The Coming Month
The following are the some of the activities scheduled for the month of June:
• Conduct family group meetings to support children’s successful home return. • Continue the provision of food and drugs for the beneficiaries. • Conduct a training workshop for all beneficiaries on child protection issues. • CCRMGs to continue their community sensitization work. • Conduct staff-learning workshops on documenting relevant learning issues
• Continue spreading child rights &messages through the radio. • Continue the daily activities and games of the centre. • Receive 2 groups of SCoSL visitors & volunteers.
We shall soon forget about tracing and reunification in this project circle, and turn our
attention to following the progress of our beneficiaries at home and in school – a new phase with new challenges. But quickly glancing back to where we started, we will be
encouraged to realise we are moving surely to our desired end one day at a time. We desire to see all our clients enter educational institutions and that is the common
request for them all. So far, we are happy that most families and children themselves
have begun appreciating the work of the project very sincerely. We feel strongly motivated by this. We pray that as a united whole (HANCi-SL, SCoSL, our
beneficiaries, and the community stakeholders), we shall all move into the next phase with similar determination to see the success of this entire project.
Faithfully Submitted, OPERATIONS.
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