Fambul Tok International-Sierra Leone with support from the Government of Sierra Leone,UNDP and Food and Agricultural Organization has ended sessions on a new project “Strenghtening Human Security Program” in three chiefdoms in Kono district
This new project targets Soa, Kamara and Gbense chiefdoms and will address peace and development challenges and vulnerabilities in these chiefdoms that face poverty,food insecurity, unsustainable mining practices and others that have caused problems in those areas
Giving an overview of the project,Fambul Tok Executive Director,John Caulker will look at community co-existence and social cohesion with a focus on working with youth and women groups live as one getting to accommodate each other as a community.He assured that activities including football games annual carnivals would organized to promote social cohesion in all project chiefdoms
He said community in all project areas will set up Grievance Redress Committees with the aim to addressing minor conflicts that will arise in villages and sections. He went on to state that the presence of formidable structures would help these communities to strengthen orientation to addressing community issues and enhancing development interventions
The Executive Director said Fambul Tok will work with youth and women groups to accompany them plan their development initiatives and help community to embark on peaceful cohesive practices to embrace peace
Paramount Chief of Soa chiefdom,Emmanuel Foryoh expressed happiness over the project and said since he became traditional leader he had not failed his people.
He said Fambul Tok plays active roles towards peace and requested his people to support the new project as the chiefdom is one of the most remote places in the eastern part of the country
In Kamara chiefdom Chiefdom Speaker,Rev. Pessima on behalf of Paramount Chief stated that Fambul Tok is not new in the chiefdom recalling activities of the organization to bring peace in communities.
Community members from sections were happy and embraced the new project as it encourages youth and women to participate in the interest of peace and development
Similar introductory meeting was held in Faada,Gbense chiefdom.
In another development,sensitization sessions for the selection of Grievance Redress Committees in every section in the three chiefdoms will be done before the end of August