Trainings for 9 Community Welfare & Mediation Committees in Soa Chiefdom

Fambul Tok staff working on the People’s planning Process (PPP) in Soa Chiefdom, Kono District completed Community Welfare and Mediation Committee (CWMCs) training session with village

CWMC Training

Overview of CWMC Training

representatives and sectional stakeholders in Soa chiefdom.  The purpose of the trainings is to equip local community members on community owned and led peace building and inclusive development approach through the Wan Fambul PPP approach. Nine trainings were held for 9 CWMCs in 9 sections in Soa Chiefdom (Sawabuma, Sawafiama, Tensedakor, Tensekor, Mongor, Maindu,  Mofinkor, Lower Kookongorkuma and Upper Kookongorkuma sections).

The trainings are part of the UNDP project: “Strengthening Human Security in the Remote Chiefdoms of Gbense, Soa, and Kamara in Kono District of Sierra Leone” implemented by Fambul Tok and FAO Sierra Leone.

Section chief Abdulai Johnny of Morfinkor presenting his welcome address thanked his people for their massive turn-out and encouraged them to feel free to discuss any issue they feel is a barrier to development in the section, even if it’s related to poor leadership on the side of the chiefs. To Fambul Tok, he said its presence in his section is very timely and highly welcomed. He revealed that Morfinkor is the highest producing section of plantains in Soa Chiefdom, but the most underdeveloped due to lack of peace. He urged his people to embrace Fambul Tok so that peace can prevail for development to proceed.

Soa CWMC Training FT Value

 CWMC Training: Fambul Tok Values

Dr. Ruben Lewis delivered a short speech to the participants and explained why Soa is the only Chiefdom selected for the PPP initiative in Kono District for now. He encouraged participants to submit their various communities’ development priorities/needs and strategies to address them.  Dr Ruben said lead trainer Emmanuel Mansaray will review and submit the plans to head office for appropriate actions at the end of the training.

Fambul Tok staff facilitate discussions on peace building topics such as mediation, reconciliation, communication, transparency, accountability, leadership, the Dos and Don’ts and, the core values of Fambul Tok

Group work were done on crises prevention or control, identification of community lingering issues and ways of addressing them, and identification of community development priorities or needs and strengths and strategies to address them.

Fambul Tok staff facilitated discussions on the broken cup illustration. In these discussions, participan

Soa CWMC Training Group

 CWMC Group Photo

ts discovered the relationships among peace, disputes/conflicts and development. The compared peace to a metaphorical a chair on which development sits.

The formation of CWMC executives climaxed the trainings. The newly elected CWMC executives were very excited for their new roles as community mediators and change agents for peace and sustainable development. The participants will go back to their communities and form Village Development Committees, identify community development needs and strategies for addressing them and report back to Fambul Tok through their newly formed CWMC person.

The senior section Chief of Soa Chiefdom in his farewell speech thanked the participants and encouraged them to make good use of the knowledge gained. He advised all to embrace peace and unity in their respective communities. He thanked Fambul Tok for selecting Soa Chiefdom among all the other chiefdom

Fambul Tok Press Release: Condemns Politicians in Koinadugu Bye elections  

Fambul Tok is deeply concerned about the conduct of political parties in the bye elections in Koinadugu district. The claims, counter claims and accompanying violence in the aftermath of the elections does not auger well for the peace and stability of the district and sends out bad image of our hard earned democracy. Political parties must allow electoral bodies to conduct their work in a professional manner and devoid of interference.

Fambul Tok appeals to the people of Sierra Leone to resist all attempts by politicians to undermine the peace and national cohesion of the state. We call on civil society to close ranks and condemn those instigating conflicts in Koinadugu.

Fambul Tok calls on the diplomatic community especially those who are the moral guarantors of our peace and democracy to stand by the people of Sierra Leone and censor those who are threat to the peace and stability of the country.

We call on civil society to have robust engagement with the citizenry and be more organised to meet the challenge of future local and general elections. As the adage goes, ‘coming events cast their shadow’.

Fambul Tok calls on the donor community to provide support to the wider Sierra Leonean civil society to enable them to organise in order to minimise future violence, and not to wait until two months prior to elections.

Fambul Tok reminds all stakeholders and particularly the leadership of political parties about their role to foster an environment of tolerance, the tenets of good governance and seeking the interest of the nation as priority.

Long live the peace loving people of Sierra Leone!

Fambul Tok Trains 360 Peace Mothers in Kono

Sawafiama Peace Mothers

Kamara Peace Mothers

Peace Mothers in Bayakor

Fambul Tok Kono team has trained a total of 360 Peace mothers as Peace Ambassadors across the eighteen (18) sections in Soa (9 sections), Gbense (5 sections) and Kamara (4 sections) chiefdoms in Kono district eastern Sierra Leone. Twenty participants were drawn from each of these eighteen sections.

The Peace Mothers were trained on topics relating to peace and social cohesion.  Prominent among these was the identification of conflict early Warning signs and local peace monitoring systems to address grievance/conflict issues in their communities.

Peace Mothers head, Lilian Morsay, inspired the women to be good role models in communities in order to earn the trust of their compatriots. They will identify and resolve lingering conflict issues and elections related issues in an impartial manner.

The trainings are part of the UNDP project: “Strengthening Human Security in the Remote Chiefdoms of Gbense, Soa, and Kamara in Kono District of Sierra Leone” implemented by Fambul Tok and FAO Sierra Leone.