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Street Child Sierra Leone partners with Plan International

Street Child Sierra Leone partners with Plan International

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs yesterday received US$600,000 project proposal from Street Child Sierra Leone and Plan International for Ebola orphans and survivors.

Speaking at the official handing over ceremony at the Ministry, the Country Director Plan International, Mr. Casely Coleman, said the project is geared towards the welfare of Ebola orphans and survivors in Moyamba, Bombali and Port Loko districts respectively, noting that it is the role of the Ministry to help implement the project.

The Executive Director of Street Child Sierra Leone, Mr. Kelfa Kargbo, said in his statement emphasized that the partnership will ensure that 3000 Ebola orphans or children who are actually affected will benefit from the project with 90 members across the three districts involved.

The Executive Director added that 210 teachers that are involved in the project will also benefit.

In his response, the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, expressed great satisfaction seeing the two humanitarian organizations partnering to promote Government’s agenda.

The Minister observed that some organizations are using Government structures without promoting its agenda, noting that the programme duration for addressing the issue is between ten and twenty-four months, which he referred to as being the first project within this timeline.

Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai disclosed that the Gender Director travelled to the South-East while he travelled to the North to work out modalities for the effective implementation of the project.

He added that his Ministry has the clear mandate to ensure that they reach at all chiefdom levels as there are social workers nationwide.

The Minister emphasized that project should be implemented to the letter and therefore encouraged those involved in its implementation to be very robust and resilient in the process.

He advised that if there is any delay on the part of the Ministry, it is good that they let him know immediately; on the contrary, he said, if there is any delay on the part of the partners, the Ministry will take drastic action against them.

By Abdulai Bangura

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