As part of BLP’s efforts in scaling our key programs creating strategic partnerships in the domain of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) advocacy and support for victims, BLP finally secured a Memorandum of Understanding with Rainbo Initiative in Sierra Leone on February 25, 2021.
Rainbo Initiative (RI) is a national NGO that is passionate about ending Sexual Gender-Based Violence in Sierra Leone. RI provides free medical treatment, psycho-social services and age appropriate treatments for survivors of Sexual Gender Based-Violence (SGBV) in Sierra Leone.
RI provides free medical treatment, psycho-social services and age appropriate treatments for survivors of Sexual Gender Based-Violence (SGBV) in Sierra Leone through Rainbo Centres. Rainbo Centres provide clinical and psycho-social support to victims/survivors of GBV in Sierra Leone. Rainbo Initiative mission to respond and prevent SGBV in Sierra Leone resonates with Bright Light Projects Girls Shall Rise Campaign and our Adolescent Girls Leadership and Mentorship Initiative.
The purpose of this MOU is to provide a framework for collaboration on joint and complementary research and building evidence base, advocacy and story-telling as well as resource mobilization, with the ultimate aim of challenging and changing the pervasive culture of rape, sexual and gender based violence in Sierra Leone.
BLP Girls Shall Rise Campaign Provides education and skills training support, advocacy for Survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV), specifically violence against women and children, rape, Commercial Sex workers, and women living with HIV AIDS.
The key expected long-term impact of this project is to improve on the human capital development of GBV affected victims and their communities. This project has the potential to transform mainstream GBV survivors into thought provoking scholars and will help them get new life through gaining knowledge and vocational skills training. It will revitalize their hope and aspirations to become good assets to their communities. It is expected to develop them physically, and psychologically to become responsible and productive citizens.
Enabling strategic partnerships is key for BLP program delivery. This MOU reinforces our dedication to implore all avenues in providing a win/win outcome for our beneficiaries and their caregivers or parents leveraging our strengths while seeking partnership in areas we are not strong or do not have the required resources to provide better outcomes for our beneficiaries.