Fambul Tok Boosts Dea and Upper Bambara Peace Mothers Income

Fambul Tok in an effort to facilitate self-reliance and sustainability among peace mothers groups has provided support to Dodo and Nyanyahun Peace Mothers in Kailahun District.

Soap Processing Inputs

Gari Processing Equipment

On the 15th September 2021, Kailahun team handed over Fambul Tok assistance of one bag caustic soda, two rubber bowls, gloves and twelve gallons palm oil as support to their Peace Mothers’ soap processing activity at Dodo community, Dodo Section Dea Chiefdom.

Monjama Brima, the Peace Mothers’ chairlady, expressed full satisfaction over the support; she thanked Fambul Tok for their timely intervention as peace change agent.

On the 17th September 2021, the team handed over one bag caustic soda, two rubber bowls, twelve gallons of palm oil and one packet of gloves as support to Peace Mothers groups in Nyanyahun section in Upper-Bambara chiefdom.

It resulted to claps of joy. As stated by Fatmata Kallon the group’s Adviser:  “Our mind set has changed completely, l have no doubt over the activities of Fambul Tok because their activities surrounds ensuring peace in every community”

Mohamed Kamara the group’s Secretary also added that the community has great confidence in Fambul Tok for bringing their community women together and this has helped mould the minds of women.  He stated that the community stand to uphold Fambul Tok values and continuity.

The Peace Mothers will use the funds generated from their soap making activities to seek the welfare of members and facilitate their peace-building work.

Kailahun DDCC Holds Inaugural Meeting

Fambul Tok Executive Director John Caulker commends the inaugural meeting of the Kailahun District Development Coordinating Committee (DDCC) as a “dream come true” and calls for linkages with the (VDC) Village Development Committees.
He said this at the first DDCC meeting held at the council’s hall in Kailahun

DDCC in Deliberations

district, facilitated by the Department of Planning.

Present at the meeting were Paramount Chiefs, MDAs representatives, civil society, national and international NGOs.
Council Chairman Ahmed Keke Sahr Lamin in his opening remark said members of the DDCC should take their participation very seriously as the structure is responsible for the peace, security and development of kailahun district.
Paramount Chief Banya welcomed all and wished participants

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successful deliberations.
The Acting Deputy Director of Development Mbalu Kamara said MODEP will provide oversight to the newly formed DDCC to ensure that its procedures are standardised and followed best reporting practices and deliberations formats. Mrs Kamara said the DDCC should meet before the council meeting and reports must be sent to MODEP immediately for action.
Representatives of MDAs and NGOs gave activity updates and deliberated on issues emanating from them.

Fambul Tok Joins WFP to Empower Lower Banta

Community Based Participatory Planning working session with identified community and chiefdom stakeholders ends Friday, September 24 at the CDC hall in Mosenesie, Lower Banta chiefdom, Moyamba district.

The session was organized by World Food Program together with communities and partners to identify issues and tailor program responses to local requirements.

It puts different sociological and economic group representatives in the driving seat of designing and planning multi-year and multi-sector interventions, contributing to their resilience building, to achieve their mission. The sessions were held for community members in Lower Banta chiefdom.

According to WFP’s Adama Kamara the sessions were held that would lead to a community action plan outlining and prioritizing activities and resource needs to build resilience.

She said the community based participatory planning was scheduled in 2020 but dragged into 2021 because of Covid 19 crisis in the country

She continued that communities in Lower Banta would identify issues and proffer solutions to them collectively

Fambul Tok International’s project officer Solomon Yarjoh highlighted what the organization has been doing since last year. He said Grievance Redress Committees have been set up in Lower Banta, Upper Banta, Malen and Makpele chiefdoms under the UN Peace Building project funded by UNDP and WFP.

He said as the project comes to an end various sessions have been held seeking the views and opinions of youth, women and chiefdom stakeholders on issues raised in various chiefdoms. He added that actions would be taken by various bodies including the government on the outcomes of those sessions.

He said sustainable plans and actions would be necessary to retain whatever that has been done during project period and not allow successes to erode after the project

Representing Office of the Vice President, Swalihu Jusu admonished community members to put hands on deck to continue working as GRCs or farmers.

He said the Office of the Vice President will support the best farming communities in the farming project and present them with certificates for their hard work.

Ministry of Agriculture, Bob Sheriff explained the role of his ministry in the project. He said farmers would be supported through various means to ensure strict adherence to regulations on quality farming processes.

Representatives of other ministries and agencies also spoke on what they have been doing to support the Peace Building project.

Various topics including resilience, agro- businesses, project development and communications skills were dealt with.

Training Participants

Training Participants in Group Photo

At the end of the sessions, community members drew up plans and highlighted things they will be doing to support development in the next 4 years.