Safe Zone for Girls
GO’s grant to Freetown School was used to repair the roof of this one-room school and construct a sanitary restroom facility for the children and school staff to use. Freetown School not only provides free education for the 440 orphans and vulnerable children who attend and reside there, but it is a refuge for its 398 female students, protecting them from being forced to undergo female genital cutting (FGC), a controversial right of initiation in Sierra Leone. The founder and director of the school, Ann-Marie Caulker, is a leading advocate against female genital cutting and is determined to see this practice abolished. As a result of this grant, a leaking roof no longer affects classes, and students and staff have proper restroom facilities instead of the previous unsanitary makeshift toilets.