By Sheku Tanga……………
Humanist Watch Salone has ended training for thirty community leaders at the Tokponbu Community Hall in Tongo Fields on how to respond to sexual and gender based violence and ebola prevention and control within their communities.
The National Team Leader of Humanist Watch Salone, Christopher Brima told participants at the official opening of the first phase of the training that the project will train two hundred community leaders in Kenema and Kailahun out of which thirty (30) participants from across the Lower Bambara Chiefdom will benefit.
The Humanist Watch Salone boss said that funds for the training were provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to be implemented within the period of five months in Kenema and Kailahun Districts.
He said that the project will also support victims of SGBV and embark community on outreach to increase awareness that will help reduce cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence.
Christopher also stated that they are working in collaboration with the Family Support Unit in Kenema and Kailahun aimed at complementing their efforts to fight crimes relating to SGBV.
The Programme Manager of Humanist Watch Salone, Antonius Lamin Lansana said that the training will help increase the understanding of participants on SGBV and Ebola prevention and response measures to enable them support their communities strengthen the measures and sustainably protect themselves.
He furthered that the project will also identify the roles and responsibilities of community stakeholders in the fight against SGBV and Ebola and to develop a plan of action that stakeholders will implement to mobilize communities intensify the fight against SGBV and Ebola.
Councilor Ali Loba representing Ward 41 in the Kenema district, in his statement reaffirmed his commitment and contribution to the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease by working with local authorities and the Police to ensure that community byelaws and state emergency regulations are adhered to.
He also assured officials of Humanist Watch Salone that they will collaborate with law enforcement agencies to fight all crimes relating to SGBV and to further punish perpetrators of such crimes.
By Sheku Tanga……………