Operation Bobbi Bear

by Sara Bridgewood in 

Volunteering for Operation Bobbi Bear, supporting children who have been sexually abused.

by Sara Bridgewood in

We did it
On 24th March 2018 we successfully raised £335 with 14 supporters in 56 days

Operation Bobbi Bear rescues and upholds the rights of sexually abused children whilst aiming to minimize their risk of HIV infection.  All children of sexual abuse are counselled and risk assessed for HIV with referral for additional care made at the point of rescue. Sadly, despite these measures many children are infected with HIV as a result of their abuse.

Bobbi Bear reaches around 4,000 children per month as part of their school outreach programme. The programme aims to raise children’s awareness of sexual abuse and highlights to them where they can get help. As well as working directly with children, Bobbi Bear also trains and empowers the local community. This includes providing training to local Child Safety Officers, promoting this work as a prototype for national expansion.

So here's where you come in.......in order for me to provide two weeks of support to the organisation and the children they work with, I need to raise £900  to cover the volunteering fees (of which 80% will be donated directly to Operation Bobbi Bear and 20% given to Arms Around the Children) and £600 to cover the cost of flights to get me out there and back. 

The support I will be giving includes:

-Going to emergency call-outs and supporting the Operation Bobbi Bear Child Safety Officers (CSOs) throughout the abuse cases that come in.

-Visiting local police stations, hospitals and the High Court to assist with trauma recover, supporting victims throughout the process.

-Being closely involved with the rescued children when they come to the rescue centre and/or supporting on site where the case is attended too on location. This will include providing them comfort, counselling and love.

-Shadowing the Bobbi Bear staff and support where needed.

-Participating in lectures at rural schools to raise awareness about sensitive issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse and sex education through the use of the ‘Edu-Toy’.

-Attending ‘The Tree’ clinic and help develop outreach programmes that bring rural communities together to share stores and empower women and children.

This organisation and the work they do is truly remarkable, however they need help to support the children they work. So please, please, please can I ask you to pledge whatever you can, I will be grateful and appreciate any amount donated - even if it's just £1.

Thank you  : ) 

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