Fambul Tok is undertaking several activities in Moyamba and Kailahun District:
- Community trainings in the other seven Chiefdoms where ceremonies have not taken place.
- Football for Reconciliation: In encouraging all members of the community to be involved in the reconciliation process, Fambul Tok introduced Football for Reconciliation, in collaboration with Play 31 (Danish NGO). The tournament kicked off November 8th, 2008 in Gbekedu community and will continue until the end of December 2008 throughout the District. Fifteen communities where Fambul Tok ceremonies have taken place will participate in the tournament. The tournament is inclusive, so each community will have a male and female team participate in the games.
- Communities are beginning to harvest Fambul Tok community farms.
- Healing ceremonies will begin to transpire in December in the seven Chiefdoms where ceremonies have not taken place.
Moyamba is steadily picking up steam.
- Training of the 28 contact people took place October 21st – 25th 2008 in Makeni, Sierra Leone.
- Community training for the first six Chiefdoms where healing ceremonies will take place.
- Healing ceremonies will transpire December 08 – Jan 09.
Kono District is the next Fambul Tok reconciliation adventure. Before engaging the District it’s important to do some amount of groundwork. Fambul Tok managers will begin the visit the District within the next two weeks. We plan to launch the consultation mid-December, however, activities will not begin until 2009.
Before adventuring in Moyamba District, Fambul Tok staff trained selected local leaders — Contact people (The name Fambul Tok gives them). The training ensures Fambul Toks success in the District, especially in the various Chiefdoms that make up the district. Moyamba District is divided into 14 Chiefdoms and each Chiefdom is comprised of numerous Sections. Although Fambul Tok aims to facilitate reconciliation at the sectional level, we still need entry points in the District.
The selection process takes about two weeks. First, the District Coordinator (a Fambul Tok staff) notifies and informs the Paramount Chief from each Chiefdom about the training and to nominate prospective candidates to represent the Chiefdom. Second, the District Coordinator goes around the District to ensure the people nominated are the right ones. Fambul Tok encourages an array of people to engage in the reconciliation process — women, youths, offenders, and victims. Each District had two representatives to partake in the training.
It was a week long training which focused on several issues — Trauma Healing, Communication, Fambul Tok, and Reconciliation. Below are some pictures from the workshop:
Participants engaging in activity
As Fambul Tok continues to increase its reconciliation activities in Sierra Leone there is a need to expand its capacity. The project created three new units — Research and Documentation, Training, and Communication — to undertake the new intensity.
The R&D unit is managed and led by Sheku Kormoa, a graduate of Njala Univeristy in Bo District. Mr. Kormoa is fortunate to have assistance from two young aspiring professionals — Momodu Kamara and Jonta Alghali. The main mission of R&D unit is to document all project related activities, ceremonies, research, and monitor and evaluate the project.
The Training unit is Fambul Tok’s foundation. It’s the hub where the project’s reconciliation message is transferred to the communities. Communities rely on the material before any ceremonies or Fambul Tok activities take place. They are an active group that is constantly on the road doing trainings. The unit is lead by Francis Onyekwue, a Nigerian citizen who has been residing in Sierra Leone for the last 15 years. Sheku Konneh a former part-time teacher is assisitng Francis.
Last week the training unit embarked on a one-week workshop with the Moyamba contact people (Fambul Tok community leaders) on Trauma Healing, Communication, and Reconciliation.
The heartbeat of the project is the Communication unit. It educates, informs, and disseminates Fambul Tok activities to the Sierra Leone and International audiences. Moreover, they produce monthly newsletters for all natioal media houses. The unit is managed and led by renowned Sierra Leone broadcaster, Reginald Strasser and assisted by Solomon Yarjoh.