From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, SOS Trust Sierra Leone initiates FSP
By Momoja Lappia
Jul 2, 2010, 17:08

At last the Family Strengthening Programme (FSP), the means by which SOS Children’s Villages improves on the quality of lives of neighbouring families has been launched in Sierra Leone. The launching ceremony took place at Kerraggran Hall in Bo on Monday 28th June 2010.

SOS Trust Sierra Leone National Director, Mr. Olatungi Woode informed that it was in a bid to attain the organization’s objective to support 1,000,000.00 (One Million) dire needy children globally by 2016. "Since the inception of SOS in Sierra Leone, Towama Village which is three miles from Bo City became our second locality for operations," he informed.

In his keynote address Director Woode whilst expressing his delight over Bo being slated for the launching, commended landowners, chiefs of New London, Mattru-on- the Rail, Tinkonko, and other inhabitants for their unending cooperation. "Like Manuas, Brasillia, Port Alegie, and in Brazil, Kaolack and Louga in Senegal, Malakal and Umbada in Sudan, Cap Haitein and Santos in Haiti were the FSP is making tremendous turnovers, SOS –Kinderdorf International Office in Innsbruck, Austria has realized that many families in Sierra Leone are abandoning their children and wards due to excruciating economic strains," the director asserted, adding such results in resorting to violence, crime, drug abuse and prostitution by children in their desperate search to make ends meet.

This socio-economic synergy the SOS Trust Sierra Leone National Director complained derails economic recovery and political stability in post conflict countries like Sierra Leone. He said although SOS Sierra Leone Trust Currently operates in Freetown, Makeni, and Bo, the pilot study for implementation of FSP has proved very successful, making it prudent for FSP to be initiated in Bo District.



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