PLAN INTERNATIONAL Child Sponsorship Day Observed in Port Loko Program Unit
Child sponsorship is an integral part of Plan International and is seen as the most transparent and reliable means of translating Child Centered Community Development (CCCD) programming into reality. There are 8,871 Sponsored Children in Portloko Program Unit. These children are Ambassadors and development support by Plan in their communities is for their sake and other children who are marginalized. Service delivery benefits all instead of individual children. It is within this background that the Portloko Program Unit declared 5th July 2016 as sponsorship Day. (Photo: A sponsorship family visit by the Country Director in Koya Chiefdom)
On sponsorship day, all Port Loko Program Unit staff led by Gilbert N’habay and the Country Director Mr. Casely Ato Coleman, engaged in sponsorship work including, home visits, Sponsorship communication production, data entry into production documents, community engagements and project start-up launch for a Village Savings and Loans (VSL) intervention or project.
The scope of work generally covered 15 Sponsorship communities in the 3 chiefdoms which are, Koya, Bureh Kasseh Makonteh( BKM) and Tinkatopah Makama Safronkoh( TMS). During the engagement, families of Sponsored Children and other community stakeholders highlighted some of their challenges, expectations and priorities.
The Country Director also held community engagement meetings at Masiaka in Koya Chiefdom where he interacted with the community members on issues affecting children, youth and the women. He explained how the national youth farm project in the chiefdom was going to help develop the community with their support. He also paid a courtesy visit to the Head of the Sierra Leone Police Service, Mrs. Gloria Macauley, where he pledged support for the FSU to address child abuse cases.
In the Mange Bureh community within BKM Chiefdom, Plan launched the Village savings and loans (VSL) project reaching 30 sponsorship communities. The initiative will ultimately benefit 1,348 Sponsored Children and their families, and will also account for a complementary livelihood support in the future. The project will be implemented by AMNeT, a Non-Governmental Organization, in partnership with Plan International Sierra Leone. The official launching was done by the Country Director of Plan International Sierra Leone Casely Ato Coleman, as he reaffirmed his commitment to make child sponsorship which is the foundation of Plan International core mission a key priority.
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