A W.I.S.H. Sierra Leone
Mission Statement: Establishing excellent sustainable community development programs and fostering the advancement of quality participatory implementation of projects, ensuring that needy and vulnerable persons remain as target groups and beneficiaries.
A W.I.S.H Sierra Leone is a non-political, non- profit making organization and is a local chapter ofA W.I.S.H International located on Lopez Island USA. It was founded by a group ofvisionary and proactive Sierra Leone indigenes who had survived the turbulence of the eleven-year civil war and its dire socio-economic consequencies on their naturally endowed nation. The fallout from those trying times included a disruption of economic and social activities which drastically worsened the misery of most of the rural communities.
As indicated by the rural urban poverty indices of 1990 that immediately preceded the civil war 18.61 percent of the population live below the poverty line of$1 per capital per day, and a UNDP Human Development report of 1998 shows that only three out of every ten Sierra Leoneans can read and write compared to a sub-Saharan average of 6 out of 10 persons. It is as a result of those grim realities that indicate a degrading human situation, acute reverses in economic and social activities in this West African nation of approximately 4.7 million inhabitants that created a rallying point for these committed persons to help exploreavenues of harnessing local human and capital resources, assist in building their capacity to carry out their own socio- economic developmental activities in their rural resettled communities. These Sierra Leonean nationals of diverse background and discipline had resolved to participate actively in the post-war development of their country by streamlining targetted livelihood programmes with the participation of its recipient beneficiaries in all stages of project implementation.
Programs and Activities
Livelihoods - Main types of programs and beneficiaries:
- Swamp development and seed multiplication.
- Seeds and tools distribution.
- Agricultural market promotion.
- Grain stores and drying floor usage, management and construction.
- Feeder roads rehabilitation.
- Environmental interventions
- HIV/AIDS sensitization and prevention
A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone had embarked on an inland valley swamp rice production for food security for the members of resettled community and wider region in the Eastern Province. Part of the harvested rice was used as seed bank for subsequent planting season including food for work, and for sale at a reasonable price within the Burma community in order to replace worn-outagricultural tools. An HIV/ AIDS sensitization and prevention initiative was implemented in the provincial headquarter town, Kenema that targeted educational institutions in the township.
Advocacy - Advocacy work (radio, newspaper, journals, banners) for marginalised groups like the disabled. A survey and report on the situation of the disabled as a cross section of vulnerable persons within the capital city Freetown was carried out in partnership with the Human Rights Development Centre-CARE S/L
Partnership and Networking with other organisations - A Partnership Agreement between A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone and Njala University-DPRD on one hand and Network of African Youth for Development-SL on the other hand was achieved. There is a high level of networking between A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone and local organisations in the form of seminars, workshops, etc.
Education Programme - Give incentives to parents of disabled children and girls to allow these children to go to school. A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone has identified trained and qualified teachers within its membership who have volunteered over the year to provide free basic education classes at the primary level within the community. Classes are conducted free of cost for children, especially girls to help them cope with their normal school work. This assistance is geared towards achieving the millennium development goal on education; by 2015 all Sierra Leonean children would have accessed primary education without discrimination.
Human Rights - A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone supports and work with other organisations that defend and promote the rights of marginalized disadvantaged community by reporting violations and conducting civic education. AWISH-SL is a member of the Kenema District Human Rights Committee and has been engaged in the documentation of gross child rights violation including violation against women etc. A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone members have also undertaken series of training in human rights monitoring, reporting and training of trainers of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report.
A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone Rice Production Project (November 2011)
A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone Receives Grant from First Peoples Worldwide (November 2010)
A W.I.S.H.-Sierra Leone Reports Accomplishements (Fall 2008)
Africa Peace and Conflict Network, a partner organization
Alpha Beretay, National Coordinator
Mr. Hinga Demby, Programs Director
Ms Lucy Lamin, Finance/Administrative Secretary
Ms Kadiatu Koroma, Project Manager
Regional Level Officers
Alhaji Mustapha Goba, Regional Coordinator Eastern Province
Burma 3 Layout, Kenema, Eastern Province-Sierra Leone
Mary Salamy, Regional Finance/Administrative Secretary Eastern Province
Burma 3 Layout, Kenema, Eastern Province-Sierra Leone.
Alpha Beretay, National Coordinator
87B Wilkinson Road or
1 Lamina Sankoh Street, 5th Floor Aureol House, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Mr. Hinga Demby, Programmes Director
87B Wilkinson Road or
1 Lamina Sankoh Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Alhaji Mustapha Goba, Regional Coordinator
3 Burma Layout, Kenema-Eastern Province, Sierra Leone