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MELQOSH MISSION

UNSUNG HEROES AWARD WINNER 2013

AWOL UK'S CHARITY OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER 2013

MELQOSH MISSION is a Non-Profit Organisation birthed to empower and educate poverty stricken, marginalised war afflicted female amputees and their dependants in Sierra Leone. We believe that everyone can and should exercise their right to a life of dignity.

Its vision is to implement development strategies for education, health, trade and employment specifically for physically challenged and war afflicted amputees. With access to these services , the beneficiaries will have coveted opportunities that we all deserve and a chance to articulate in productive activities, thereby becoming successful, not only for themselves but for the development of Sierra Leone.

MISSION STATEMENT: "Empowering Lives To Beat The Odds!!!"

 

Overview

Sierra Leone’s first cases of Ebola were identified in May 2014. Since then, thousands of civilians and health officials have lost their lives to this deadly disease.  As a result, thousands of children have been orphaned. Melqosh Mission International (MMI)has worked with war orphans since 2008 and so it naturally extended its charitable activities to include relief to Ebola Orphans.


MMI’s Ebola Agenda is to create a safe home for Ebola Orphans. Research has unearthed that many children are been abandoned by relatives as they are stereotyped as ‘cursed’.  Some families who initially take up these kids, reject them after receiving the aid packages; leaving these children vulnerable on the streets.  Stigmatisation, rejection and potential abuse is very prevalent amongst Ebola Orphans. MMI has pledge to change the stories of these orphans and provide them with healthy and productive futures.


Sierra Leone signed the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and its human rights strategy includes safeguards for people with disabilities. However, it has not yet put what it has promised in international conventions and its constitution into practice, for war amputees. In post conflict Sierra Leone, people with disabilities and amputations (attributed to the methodical dismemberment of civilians during one of Africa's bloodiest war, which resulted in thousands of innocents losing hands, arms, legs) are more marginalised. Exclusion from services, community activities and productive opportunities increase the risk for people with disabilities and post conflict amputations. Consequently, they will continue to stay in poverty or fall into extreme poverty if intervention is not implemented, thereby creating a vicious. MMI has championed the cause of the amputees and is one of their key aid –providers in Sierra Leone.

 


Melqosh Mission International’s operations in the United Kingdom are to identify, support and empower females who have survived Female Genital Mutilation/Circumcision and those who are at risk.

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