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Plan International Sierra Leone opens new office in Koinadugu

Plan International Sierra Leone opens new office in Koinadugu

Plan International Sierra Leone on Friday 16th September 2016 opened a new project office in Kabala, Koinadugu District to coincide with the launch of two (2) new projects which marks the formal commencement of operations in Koinadugu District. The event was attended by high level government officials, paramount chiefs as well as other Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs).The event was chaired by the Koinadugu District Chairman Mr. Samuel Sheku Kamara who welcomed Plan International on behalf of the people his district and described the presence of Plan International in the district as a great opportunity for children. The host Paramount Chief – Gbawuru Mansaray III of Warawara Yagala Chiefdom thanked Plan International Sierra Leone for extending full program operations in Koinadugu District and pledged support and open doors to field staff and implementing partners who will be working in communities.  Photo: Host Paramount Chief GbawuruMansaray III of WarawaraYagala Chiefdom welcomes Plan International on behalf paramount Chiefs & People of Koinadugu.

Mrs. Miriam Murray, Program Support Manager – Strategy and Program Development introduced Plan International and also highlighted the organization’s strategic programme areas in five Child Rights areas of Protection, Education, Health, Household Economic Security and Water and Sanitation including in emergencies. She further stated that a Child Rights Situation Analysis identified Koinadugu District as one of the districts where children are most deprived and denied access to basic rights including the Right to Protection and this informed Plan’s entry into the district.

Symbolic Opening of Office – Cutting of tape by Miriam Murray, Program Support Manager, Strategy and Program Development

Symbolic Opening of Office – Cutting of tape by Miriam Murray, Program Support Manager, Strategy and Program Development

Mrs. Murray highlighted Protection, Education, Health, Household Economic Security and Water and Sanitation including in emergencies as the focus of Plan’s interventions. Mrs. Murray indicated that Plan International since October 2015 was already implementing the Girls Education Challenge (GEC) Project extension funded by UK Aid in partnership with Plan International UK and MATCOPS as implementing partner: This project supports girls – including children with disabilities, to enrol and remain in schools. Mrs. Murray explained that Plan International was consolidating its presence in the district with 2 new projects. Namely My Sexuality, My Right! Protecting girls against Sexual Reproductive Health Rights violations funded for 3 years with support from BMZ in partnership with Plan International Germany with AMNet and FINE Sierra Leone as implementing partners- to prevent harmful traditional practices including Child Female Genital Cutting and Child Marriage in target areas and Livestock Rearing for Nutrition and Income Generating Opportunities funded by Gift of Hope, USA in partnership with Plan International USA which  is a pilot project targeting 80 households.

The official opening of the project office and operations in Koinadugu District was symbolically done by unveiling Plan International’s logo and cutting of tape at the new office premises. 

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