The Survivor Dream Project

Projects

Women & Ebola

The Survivor Dream Project| Project I Women Who Survived Ebola is a community designed concept for a one year period that offers a kick-start package for women who have survived Ebola in Sierra Leone. We know that surviving this devastating Virus Disease is one half of the battle and reintegrating back into society poses an incredible set of barriers. The Survivor Dream Project seeks to provide a safety net for women who have survived Ebola by building a community of supporters and cheer leaders, with the aim to ensure that each and every woman that participates in The Survivor Dream Project sets into motion her aspirations to live her life full again.


1. NURTURING SPACE FOR COMMUNITY DIALOGUE & ENGAEMENT:

We host monthly support network sessions for the survivors in the program, nurturing a safe space for dialogue and community engagement. We encourage the women to build a community of supporters in one another. We use this time to come together to access information, strengthen capacity, engage in dialogue about pressing issues and exchange ideas. In this space, women are encouraged to speak earnestly about progress in their personal lives. Each woman is also provided a phone that is connected to a wider CUG network provided by SMART MOBILE. This is to encourage consistent communication and support at no cost.

2. SUPPORTING EDUCATION, LIVELIHOODS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:

Our program is split into two core areas of social development tailored to fit our two age demographics. Our school going girls in the program are supported with extra classes and education capacity building through extra-curricular activities by partnering with other educational institutions in the country.

Our Women survivors are matched with a partner organization to gain entrepreneurial capacity building skills and are required to go through a set of trainings which act to build business plans and models for each woman. The end goal is for each woman to access a business grant to support her kick-start or grow her business. This component of the program is committed to ensuring that each survivor becomes self- sufficient long term.

3. SPACE FOR NETWORKING, ADVOCACY + POLICY:

Information is power and many of our women in the program are unaware of social and corporate sector opportunities and services available to them. We develop two tool kits for our women.

i. A resource guide that outlines what is available to Ebola Survivors and how such services are accessed.

ii. Policy Brief – It is important that our program contributes to wider policy.

All the survivors have experienced the system in response to the Ebola outbreak, especially health workers. It is their experiences that must be placed in a comprehensive lessons learnt document that can be used to influence policy and decision making for future outbreaks that Sierra Leone and the rest of Africa may encounter.