Aug 22, 2022, 11:56 AM
After successfully staging Words of Wonder at different halls, Champoetry has called for more funding from partners to encourage young people who are interested in poetry to realise their dreams.
Since establishment, the organisation which comprised dedicated team in the areas of Psychosocial Support and young advocates have reached out to many communities, especially youths on the importance of sexual and reproductive health issues and how to deal with Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
Mariama Jobarteh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fakanta explained that in addition, and in line with its values of supporting and empowering victims of abuse, the organisation has worked with and supported women and victims of human rights violations.
“Fantanka has also provided a number of psychosocial support interventions to victims of sexual and gender-based violence and other human rights violations.”
While interacting with victims, she disclosed that the organisation was able to gather insight about numerous SGBV challenges women face in various settings such as in the case of women traders, employees in both government and private institutions, and girls in school and other institutional and informal settings.
This, she added, helps them to provide support in the form of psycho-education, support groups, and counseling to assist them in their healing processes after the trauma they endured.
“With support from the UNFPA, Fantanka has also been conducting Out-of-School Comprehensive Sexuality Education with persons living with disabilities, youths, women groups, beach youths and Civil Society Organizations. This program included teaching participants about maintaining personal boundaries, understanding the nature, benefits and risks in different relationships, the risks and dangers of STI, unplanned pregnancies and unsafe abortions etc.”
She indicated that women, girls, boys, and men were all enlightened on those subjects and how best they could prevent SGBV as well as how to encourage and support victims of SGBV to come forward and access needed help and redress.
“These activities have covered both rural and urban communities. Currently, Fantanka is providing training to promote parent and child sexuality communication to different institutions in The Gambia. With support from CSVR, a South African-based NGO, Fantanka has a female counselling psychologist and Senior MHPSS practitioner, who provide technical expertise to the MHPSS component of the organisation’s work.”
Nesthet Clinical Services in partnership with Star GSM, Helping Hand Group and Bundung Maternal and Child Health Hospital recently embarked on a blood donation exercise at the Kanifing Municipal Council (KMC) as part of efforts to support pregnant women and children at Bundung Maternal and Child Health Hospital.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) through the Department of Fisheries recently donated fish preserving materials worth about two million dalasis (D2, 000,000) to workers at Banjul fishing port.
Saama Kairo Federation; a local partner to ChildFund The Gambia on Friday donated sanitary items worth over D700, 000 to its sponsored and enrolled families in Kombo East and Central, the police and the Regional Health Directorate.