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New York students launch EDUSHARE Sierra Leone

New York students launch EDUSHARE Sierra Leone

Summer 2011 saw the establishment of the non-profit initiative “EDUSHARE Sierra Leone” by a group of Sierra Leonean women in the USA.  Yanoh Kay Jalloh, one of the founding members, is studying for her masters in public health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City; Sarran Jabbie also a founder and the remaining members are of various professional backgrounds.  (Photo: Yanoh Kay Jalloh together with school girls from the workshop in Kabala)

The aim of the group is to reduce the rates of HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies, as well as promote self esteem and empowerment for girls.

Kabala school girls attending the one-day workshop

During the month of July, 2011, the group organized a one-day workshop in Kabala, Sierra Leone that educated a group of 30 girls from Kabala schools, on HIV/AIDS, STD’s, teenage pregnancy, prevention against women’s violence and rape, decision making, career setting, and women’s empowerment.

All girls received incentives that included personal hygiene products, school supplies, as well as school fees paid for one term. The girls will be monitored and supported emotionally over the years until they graduate high school to ensure they excel.

Although EDUSHARE is in its starting phase, they have big plans for the future – they are already planning to expand to educate boys as well, together with developing programs on capacity building and community development.

Regional Coordinator Haja Amie Bah together with girls from the workshop

EDUSHARE is also working in collaboration with ‘Children from Kabala’ to rehabilitate Islamic Primary School in Kabala in December 2011.

EDUSHARE contact info: edusharesl@gmail.com

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