Serene Early-Trobb Concepts (Initiative) in collaboration with DOHs Cares Foundation recently visited the Royal Diamond Orphanage Home to celebrate the festive season with them and to enlighten teenagers on Gender-based violence, Mental health, Menstrual hygiene as well as to distribute food items.
During the visit, the Executive Director, Serene Early-Trobb Concepts (Initiative), Rhoda Oluwatosin Olorunfemi, explained that the outreach was part of the organization’s mandate to ensure children in orphanage homes enjoy the inclusivity program on Community and Orphanage-Based for Children and Teenagers to ensure no child is left behind.
“The Community and Orphanage-Based (Inclusivity) project for Children and Teenagers is geared towards the welfare, rights and protection of children, especially children and orphans who do not have opportunities like others. We are ensuring they know about gender-based violence, general and mental health and, hygiene so they can know what to do when they are faced with any challenges at any point of their lives.
“Our utmost aim is to give them channels through which they can open up and also give them numbers they can contact us whenever there is an emergency”, she added
Ololade Ajayi-Oye, founder and Executive Director, DOHs Cares Foundation, said abuse menace seemed to be penetrating everywhere including orphanage homes, sensitizing them would go a long way to help prevent it.
“We are aware of abuse in orphanage homes, what we can do best is to sensitize them on various forms of abuse, teach them body safety as a way to prevent the likelihood of rape and to also let them know signs perpetrators use to victimize minors”
Ms Ajayi-Oye also said general hygiene, including menstrual hygiene, is one of the information they should also have access to because it has been revealed that information and services on menstruation management are lagging among young girls in orphanage homes, there little or less that can be done to help if nonprofit organizations don’t visit to hold sensitization campaigns.