When Bec Hallett boards her plane to Uganda today (Friday) she will be taking a huge amount of luggage with her including trauma teddies, nappies and wool.
The items will be heading to the Wakisa Centre in Kampala, a crisis centre for girls, some as young as 10, who are pregnant due to rape.
Bec’s lounge room started filling with donated items after the Hills to Hawkesbury ran a plea for items last month.
“The response has been overwhelming,” said Bec. People are popping in every day. The generosity is incredible.”
Among the items were 43 specially knitted Trauma Teddies which Bec’s dad, psychologist Dr Graham Baker, will give to the young trauma victims following their counselling session. In the past 15 years over 1700 young girls have been helped at the Wakisa Centre.
“A lot of these girls have no idea what is happening to their bodies or how they got pregnant” said Bec.
She is with a volunteer group who will be teaching the girls mothercraft skills, healthy cooking and hygiene.
An essential part of their care is the acquisition of vocational and life skills that will enable them to provide for themselves and their infant once they leave the centre. Bec said a huge thank you to everyone who had donated items or cash.
The Trauma teddies were donated by knitters at Kenthurst Uniting Church Community Craft Group, Castle Hill Red Cross and Hills Community Aid at Baulkham Hills after being contacted by the Hills to Hawkesbury News.
For more information about the Wakisa Centre visit wakisaministries.com/about-us. To donate search for Wakisa 2019 on either Facebook or GoFundMe