Fambul Tok Holds Sectional Stakeholders Meeting at Sukudu in Kono District

Sawafiama Stakeholders meeting

Sawafiama GRC Members

Fambul Tok facilitates Sectional Stakeholders Meeting at Sukudu community in the Sawafiama section of Soa chiefdom, eastern Sierra Leone.

Section Chief Pa Ganawa of Sawafiama section, giving his opening statement, called on his people to be united and maintain peace in the Sawafiama section. Fambul Tok Project Officer Lilian Morsay explained the essence of peace and social cohesion. She said if communities are to develop they must resolve their cracks and innovate from within. She discussed issues like elctins related violence and how to create social cohesion. Fambul Tok’s Emmanuel Mansaray explained about dealing with youth related issues in communities.

Sawafiama Grievance Redress Committee (GRC) members happily displayed their banners at the end of stakeholders meeting held in Sukudu. The stakeholders’ meetings 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.

The three targeted chiefdoms in the Kono District, (Kamara, Gbense, and Soa) face multiple interconnected development challenges, including high rates of poverty and food insecurity; and were selected in consultation with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) and the local authorities in line with MLGRD goal of enabling local ownership of development.

They have challenges of a non-diversified economy and inadequate governance systems for community decision making.  Kono District is considered a conflict hot spot due to regionalized party politics, especially the periods leading to elections.  This political struggle has resulted in frequent clashes between youth, security personnel and traditional leaders, often fuelled by the lack of productive livelihood opportunities for youth and a strong belief among young people that their needs are not met by the national and local leadership structures.

Fambul Tok Trains Bayakor Section Peace Mothers

Training Session

Fambul Tok trains #Peacemothers in Faada community, Bayakor section , Gbense chiefdom, Kono district, eastern Sierra Leone through the Strengthening Human Security Project funded by UNDP Sierra Leone and FAO Sierra Leone.

Bayakor Section Peace Mothers Formation, Gbense Chiefdom, Kono

Fambul Tok head of the Peace Mothers Lilian Mors

ay describe the role of the peace mothers as critical in the stability and

development of the chiefdom.

‘Without peace we cannot achieve anything in our communities,

during wars and elections violence women suffer most. We have to plug in the leaks in the ‘community cup’ to avoid wastage in donor and development funds. As a community, FT believed that you have the answers for the challenges from within your communities’, she said.

Fambul Tok Field Officer Lucinda Kellie, facilitated sessions on good listening and conflict mediation. “As peace mothers you need to have integrity, impartial, apolitical and be a good role model in your communities. We in Fambul Tok have our values that we must strictly follow in order to win the trust of the community”, She said

The group elected their executive members after the training and formation and decided on a date for their next meeting.

Moyamba District Council Holds DDCC Meeting

The Moyamba District Council (MDC) held its second District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) meeting at the council’s hall in Moyamba town on 1st October 2021. Paramount chiefs (PC), representatives of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society (CSOs), Fambul Tok (FT) and senior council staffs were in attendance. The DDCC is a culmination of the on-going transformation of the Inclusive District committees (IDCs) as proposed in the Wan Fambul National

DDCC Meeting at MDC Hall

Framework (WFNF) adopted by the government of Sierra Leone and implemented by the Ministry of Development and Economic Planning (MODEP) and The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) with oversight from the Office of the Vice President (OVP).

MDC Chairman Joseph Benedict Mbogba welcomed all. He said the DDCC is a transformation of the IDC/MSP (Multi-Stakeholders Platform). It will be performing the same functions that the MSP and IDC used to do. “The DDCC will continue with the same goal, function and focus and Fambul Tok will still continue to provide vital support”, explained Mr Mbogba. This meeting should be taken seriously as it will discuss issues affecting the welfare and development of Moyamba district, he said.

Fambul Tok Abdul Rashid commended the roles of OVP, MODEP, MLGRD, UNDP (United Nations Development Fund), MDC and members of the IDC/MSP in the peace and development of the district.” FT is happy

DDCC Meeting at MDC Hall

to witness this transformation in line with the Wan Fambul National Framework and,  will continue to support the process now that GoSL and councils are taking ownership of the process”, he said.

MODEP Sheku Gibril said the Ministry will be around to monitor progress to ensure that DDCC meetings are well structured in deliberations, reporting and actions. He said a committee must be set up to follow up on action points and meeting calendars.

The DPO Mansa Musa read the last minutes and the various MDAs, NGOs, INGOs and CSOs gave activity updates.

The DDCC identified education as a major challenge as schools were not doing well in public exams. The cited causes ranging from lack of trained and qualified teachers, lack of parental control, GBV dysfunctional supervision by relevant education stakeholders and misuse of school subsidies by heads of schools. A number of action points were suggested to ameliorate the situation including restriction of ”luma” (trade fare) days and improvement of school facilities. Paramount Chiefs will hold meetings with education and community stakeholders.

PC Gibao Nyama Russel

PC Foday Momoh Gulama asked for Teaching Service Commission to provide incentives to attract teachers, and called for the road network to Shenge and Songo to be improved.

CSO Gerald Foday called on MODEP to ensure the Moyamba benefits from development projects and the President’s 100 schools project.

UNICEF field officer said they are interested in the DDCC because without peace in communities their interventions will not succeed.

Fakuya PC Bengeh asked the DDCC to pay attention to his chiefdom as there is a minority who are dissatisfied with the outcome of the chieftaincy elections and are bent fomenting trouble.