We have built numerous new partnerships to help us in our support of street girls and women in Bamako.
This is the number of girls and young women who have received care from our mobile teams.
Estimated girls & women affected
We can not provide an estimate of the amount of girls and young women at risk in the streets of Bamako. However, in 2013 we identified 105 new girls and young women, therefore we can conclude that girls keep on arriving to the streets constantly.
Estimated community members affected
One year ago, you chose to support our project to buy a four-wheel drive vehicle to enable us to develop our street work for girls and women living in the streets of Bamako, Mali. Thanks to this, we have managed to achieve the following results:
- Ensure night street rounds, twice a week, with a doctor and a social worker, for girls and young women living in the streets of Bamako, with individual social and medical care, collective prevention talks, distribution of condoms, mosquito nets, etc.
- Ensure follow up on all individual cases, with a holistic approach (according to their needs in terms of medical, social and psychological well-being), all the way to the achievement of their own goals when they are feasible
- Facilitate referral of girls and young women, according to their needs and to their own goals, directing them to specialized services offered by partner structures (hospitals, shelters, medical analysis, family reunion, etc)
- Offer trainings and support to partner structures that offer specific services for street girls, young women and young mothers
- Awareness of policy makers on the issue of streetlife through training sessions and consultation with stakeholders
Often we meet pregnant street girls who are still children themselves. Often, they lacked affection from their own parents, so they don’t know how to become a parent themselves. That’s why we found partner shelters and helped them develop nursing and psychosocial support for girls for a few month after birth. With this support they can become mothers and develop a relationship with their baby in a safe, peaceful, and positive environment.
Risks and challenges
Even though the war situation in North Mali is considered over, it had many indirect consequences on the whole country. We have identified a high number of new children and youth in the streets of Bamako compared with past years. Thanks to a project financed by UNICEF we have been able to mobilize an extra team for street work, but this project will end in June. We hope we can continue to offer the same support even if we have a reduced team.
What we’ve learned
We have developed two partnerships to facilitate girls’ autonomy - one with a municipal social service, and one with community medical centers - to facilitate street girls and young women’s access to both social support and to health. The girls still hardly visit the municipal social service by themselves, however they do use medical centers more autonomously, particularly in case of chronical or lifelong disease such as AIDS.
The project will continue since it remains necessary to offer permanent and sustainable services for street girls and young women. We are currently contemplating the possibility to further develop prevention strategies among Malian society, because the issue needs to be addressed on a larger scale.
The vehicle cost was a bit higher than we expected so we covered the difference with other financial support.
Amount spent so far
4 wheel drive vehicle
In August of 2013, we released a publication on “street girls and young women”, which capitalizes on the specific experience in Mali with a gender based approach. This publication is available online for free - only in French however, sorry! Find it here.
Supporting street girls and women in Bamako on an everyday basis with medical, social and psychological care
Currently we ensure rounds every night in the streets of Bamako, with two rounds specifically aiming at girls and women living in the streets of Bamako. A team made up of a women doctor and a woman social worker, together with a trained driver, identifies girls and women living in the streets, proposes medical care and psychosocial support.
The team also ensures follow up of the women and girls’ needs and projects, notably by accompanying or referring them to partner structures (hospital, medical analysis, shelter, family reunion…). So far this year we have been able to offer services to 171 street girls and women, with 542 medical or social attentions and 19 referrals. We activate a network of operational partners, and we also opened a support service in the social service of one municipality of Bamako, so girls have easier access to ID, social support, direct access to medical services.
Risks and challenges
The war in North Mali has had many negative effects on the situation in Bamako, even though they are mostly indirect, generated by the overall crisis in the country. Notably many new children and youth have arrived in Bamako without any points of reference in the capital, and with limited family protection and support. With the support of Unicef, we have launched a specific activity to identify them and help them find adequate support from existing services, in partnership with the different municipalities of Bamako.
Testimony of a social worker from the mobile team: “Little by little, trust was created between the girls and the team, which enabled us to develop more adapted services: social advice, medical care, risk prevention, psychological follow up, family mediation… Being in touch with them on a daily basis, ensuring they can reach us at any time, this is the basis for us to follow up each individual case and to find solutions to the problems and difficulty they encounter.”
We are so excited about getting a new vehicle soon, for the activities aimed at street girls and young women, it will make our work much more efficient. Currently we are in the process of identifying the technical specifications before we can launch the call for tender.
So far we have not used any of the money we raised thanks to Catapult, we will use all of it at once to buy the furnished four-wheel drive vehicle. Once the technical specifications will be clearly identified, we will identity possible suppliers and launch the call for tender.
|Line Items||Original budget||Amount spent so far|
|Four-wheel drive vehicle||40,000 USD||0 USD|
Help Samusocial International buy a four-wheel drive vehicle to reach girls and young women living on the streets of Bamako, Mali.
Why we care: Girls and young women living on the streets are over-exposed to violence and often socially excluded from accessing many existing services.
How we’re solving this: Providing street-based health and social care to girls and young women.
In Bamako, a city of nearly 2 million inhabitants, Samusocial Mali operates an outreach team for street girls and young women. This team provides street-based health care, information, and prevention and counseling sessions, as well as refers and accompanies girls and young women through the existing continuum of services, especially in the field of sexual and reproductive healthcare.
Having a four-wheel drive vehicle will help us drive to some of the hardest to reach areas in Bamako and bring direct care and medical treatment to girls and young women living on the street.
The girls and young women Samusocial Mali serves are often dropped out of school or been forced to leave home because of early pregnancy. With few economic prospects, most girls and women living on the street are extremely vulnerable to contracting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS and having unwanted pregnancies.
As a result of social exclusion and stigmatization, many have developed mistrust towards existing services. For example, Amy, an 18-year-old told Samusocial Mali, “We cannot confide to law enforcements agents when we are abused because often they abuse us. We are simply without protection. Where can we go for help? Even in health services they insult us like we are responsible for what happened to us […]. We are illegal, so they say.”
This situation is nowadays compounded by the ongoing conflict in Northern Mali which causes many displaced people to arrive in the streets of Bamako, traumatized by the violence of the conflict.
Samusocial International is supported by the Kering Foundation, which combats violence against women and promotes their empowerment. Launched in January 2009, the Foundation supports community-based projects and encourages employee involvement to sustain women’s causes around the world. Through four programmes, it supports local and international NGOs as well as social entrepreneurs, helps raise awareness and establishes joint projects with the Kering brands. In 2012, more than 80,000 women benefited from its support in 16 countries. *In line with PPR’s change of name, the PPR Corporate Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights will become the Kering Corporate Foundation, subject to approval at the Foundation’s board meeting on 26 June 2013. www.keringfoundation.org @KeringForWomen