REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF THE FREEDOM TRAIL HULL CITY GIFT
OF VEHICLES ON HANCI’S WORK IN BO AND MAKENI PROJECTS
The two vehicles donated to HANCI by Freedom Trail Hull City is a UK to assist in our
campaign against modern day slavery in November 2007 were in a very good condition.
These vehicles were assigned each to the reintegration process of the street children’s
project in Bo and to the Girl Mothers project in Makeni. These vehicles are contributing
immensely and positively towards the attainment of the projects’ objectives.
Impact on the Street children’s project in Bo: Since its arrival in November, the
vehicle has been making an invaluable contribution towards the attainment of the
objectives of the project especially the tracing and reunification of beneficiaries. Before
the arrival of this vehicle, social workers encountered great difficulty in tracing the
families of street children. Many of these families had fled to distant places during the
war so it was very time consuming and costly to trace them if one does not have their
own means of transport. Social workers used to take almost three months in tracing the
family of street child especially for families that were located far away from Bo. As a
result, reunification of these children with their families was thwarted because of lack of
transportation thereby prolonging the exploitation of these children in the streets.
However, the arrival of the vehicle has brought about dramatic changes in the project in
the reunification and follow up processes. With this dynamic machine, social workers can
now promptly follow on information about the whereabouts of parents of street children
in the remote concerns of the Southern province. We now spend just a couple of days in
tracing families in distant places which hitherto used to take months in achieving. It is
now possible to reunify children with their parents as soon as they could be located.
Moreover, it is relatively cheaper and safer to bring the children of the project together so
that they can socialize and at the same time share their experiences especially the way
they cope with the challenges in the streets and their families. Furthermore, field workers
can now travel very safely to Freetown to attend meetings or to collect supplies. The
movement of staff and beneficiaries has been facilitated very significantly by the
presence of this magnificent vehicle.
It is please to note here that HANCI is not the only beneficiary of this vehicle but other
smaller organisations working with similar categories of children in the Southern
province. The vehicle is made available to them on demand through the child protection
committee in Bo while they are expected to fuel the round trip for their own work. The
repairs are generally undertaking by HANCI as a way of contributing to over all aim of
fighting modern slavery in Sierra Leone.
Attached are the pictures of Brima and Peter 1 two boys who have been living on the
streets of Bo for over three. After the war was declared over, these boys were taken from
their villages with the promise of finding them a better education in Bo who to end up as
domestic slaves in the house of an extended relative. They went through horrible
experiences in the hands of this lady. For two and half years these boys slept on the floor
of a kitchen in the house of this lady so that they are not late in fetching water from the
stream and to prepare food for the children of this lady who were going to school. They
were only sure of food if the children could not finish their food. Peter the elder, one day
decided to escape to the streets of Bo where they hope to find some one who would help
them find their way home and for two years they have been living on the streets of Bo
constantly been exposed to exploitation in the hands of people who were supposed to
A few days ago, these boys were finally reunified with their villages in the village. We
shall make several follow up visits to them and also help them find school around their
Impact on the Girl Mothers and the Integrated Child and Family Support Projects
The provision of this vehicle to these projects in Makeni has greatly helped us in the
process of tracing and reunification of girl mothers with their families. Before the arrival
of this vehicle, social workers used to encounter great difficulty in locating the parents of
girl mothers because of lack of means of transportation. We usually relied on public
Names changed for child protection reasons. Also note that they are not related but only from neighboring
transports which are sometimes not road worthy and at the same time very expensive.
The delay in family tracing and reunification in the past was the main reason for
prolonging the agony of girl mothers and their babies as they continued to be exploited
whilst they waited for the organisation to reconcile them with their parents or close
relatives. Now as with the case of the street boys, the vehicle has made the movement of
our social workers very easy to trace families and reconcile families very quite swiftly.
Since our movement has been facilitated, we can now follow up on children who have
been given to foster parents to ascertain that they are not being exploited. In addition, the
vehicle has greatly facilitated the movement of girl mothers and their babies to and from
the crèche at HANCI. Before now, girl mothers who live far away from the center in
Makeni found great difficulty in bringing their babies to the crèche in order to free them
up to attend their formal schools or vocational institutes. In that light, girl mothers who
were unable to bring their children to the crèche because of distance were sometimes
forced by these circumstances to live them with neighbors or friends who sometimes
abuse these children. But now that we have got this vehicle, we usually go around in the
morning to pick up these children from their homes and convey them to the crèche.
Moreover, we take them back to their homes in the afternoon to reunite them with their
parents after they would have returned from their schools or their vocational training
institutions. It goes without saying that the children themselves have benefited greatly
from this facility as it has helped to reduce the amount of abuse these children used to
face in the absence of their mothers.
Furthermore, the vehicle has been of great service to the Integrated Child and Family
Support Project 2. The primary aim of this project is to prevent separation of families by
strengthening the fabrics of the family to enable it provide a safety net for vulnerable
children. The attainment of this objective needed constant monitoring. However, our
activities were thwarted by lack of means of transportation. Therefore, the coming of this
vehicle is a welcome relief to all. It has helped us to improve on our service delivery
system. It is now possible for us to follow up on families quite regularly and to address
This project undertaking by HANCI to prevent the separation & exploitation of children from the poorest
of the poor families in Makeni.
cases of abuse of children quite swiftly which are things we hitherto found difficult to do
few months ago. As a result, cases of child exploitation both in the schools and within the
communities have dropped in the past couple of months because we have been able to
monitor the wellbeing of the children in their schools, families and communities.
Moreover, our collaboration with community stakeholders and other child protection
organizations has been strengthened because we can now attend meetings quite regularly
and on time.