As NaCSA forms 118 Self Help Affinity Groups to alleviate poverty in rural Sierra Leone
Book keeping training underway for master trainers
The National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) has recently formed 118 Self Help Affinity Groups (SAG’s) in rural Sierra Leone aimed at improving the livelihood of locals through a savings scheme. (Photo: Programme Manager of (SLCDD) Sam Bangura addressing participating during the module three training on the SAG concept)
A ten days training on book keeping for SAG members, communications and conflict management is currently underway at the SLTU Conference Hall in Makeni for master trainers drawn from NaCSA staff and Development Planning Officers of various local councils across the country.
The third module training is being facilitated Chandra Singh Finance Director and Dr P Alagesan Programme Coordinator from the India based local NGO called: Mysore Resettlement and Development Agency (MYRADA) which was contracted to help in building NaCSA’s capacity in implementing the Self-Help Affinity Groups (SAG) concept in Sierra Leone.
Formally declaring the training open the Director of Social and Economic Opportunities (SOCEP) of (NaCSA) James Harding while explaining about the third module of the SAG concept said “we are providing master trainers some of the most critical knitting tolls and special skills for the newly formed SAG groups to stand the test of time.”
He said there is need for Master Trainers to be fully informed about the need for records and book keeping, monitoring book writers, and control over the common fund which serves as a prerequisite for being considered successful SAG.
He expressed commitment and determination to making the SAG concept a success in Sierra Leone.
The Programme Manager of (SLCDD) Sam Bangura said the training is peculiar as it starts from the field to the class room as the facilitators met with different communities on the SAG concept.
He also said that the objective of the training is to manage books of accounts independently thereby improving their performance and accountability.
At the end of the training he said participants will be able to clearly explain the salient features of the SAG concept and to properly explained the need for the importance of book keeping in SAG’s and the documents that are to be maintained by the SAG’s and the purpose of each book or document.
He cautioned that the books should be on 80% accuracy in the areas of admission book, attendance book, minute’s book, individual pass book savings/ loan ledger cash, bank book, double entry general ledger and receipts and payments vouchers receipt payment accounts.
The Regional Coordinator of NaCSA Northern Region Shenkun Fofanah implored participants to take the training seriously to ensure the effective implementation of the SAG concept.
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