From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leonne, 150 Youths Graduate from Red Cross Training Centre
By Aruna Turay
Aug 11, 2010, 17:08

After a year long intensive capacity building training for youths drawn from various chiefdoms in Kailahun District east of Sierra Leone, about One Hundred and Fifty (150) youths weekend the weekend graduated from the ‘Child Advocacy and Rehabilitation (CAR)’centre in Kailahun established by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRSC)

In her remarks, the Councilor for Ward 2 in Constituency 01 in Kailahun District, Madam Fatmata Sannoh who chaired the occasion expressed appreciation to the SLRCS for their relentless assistance and development programmes towards the children of that district, especially in the area of developing their capacities to become self-reliant and independent.

In his short presentation, the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society Emmanuel H. Tommy cited that after the decade long civil war that almost devastated Sierra Leone, the SLRCS saw the need to build the lives of deprived and neglected children in society. “It was from this background that the CAR project was conceived,” he revealed, adding that the project aims at addressing the numerous cases of child abuse and exploitation. He also said that the project further aims at rehabilitating and integrating war affected children into child friendly communities, coupled with the process of de-traumatizing and fostering their participation in healthy peer youth relationship in their communities.

SLRCS Vice President Mr. Chernor Kamara congratulated the grandaunts, while calling on them to make good use of the knowledge they have acquired from the courses; and also pleaded with them to adequately use the start-up kits that would be given to them at the end of the ceremony. He encouraged them to organize themselves into working groups and market their skills to the public.

The Project Supervisor Nacy Bocakrei said the CAR Project was established in 2004 in Kailahun and has since been managed by the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society. “Since the inception of CAR project, 600 (Six Hundred) children have graduated from the Centre and have all benefited from start-up kits which have served as a foundation to begin a new life with the skills they have acquired from the Centre,” Madam Bockarie informed.

The ceremony which was graciously attended by distinguished personalities from various works of life including the Councilor for Ward 2, Kailahun District, representatives of security forces, senior, medium and junior management and governance members of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society was climaxed by a Certification ceremony.

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