From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

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In Sierra Leone, ENCISS Donates to Ministry of Education
By Dauda Koroma & Augustine Samba
Aug 16, 2010, 12:11

ENCISS (Enhancing the Interaction and Interface between Civil Society and the State), a Non- Governmental Organization with focus on improving poor people’s lives through intermediary roles on Friday 13th August, 2010 donated six motor bikes to the Ministry of Education, Youths and Sports which were valued at around 63 million leones. The event took place at Bishop House, Brookfields in Freetown.

In her handing over speech on behalf of the organization, Director of Grants Madam Ann Marie underscored the existing cordial relationship between ENCISS and the Ministry. She said ENCISS is an independent, non partisan organization working to increase the capacity of Civil Society Organizations as stakeholders in the implementation of the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper in line with government’s Agenda for Change through linking communities, civil society organizations and government institutions together to work for greater equity in resource allocation, poverty reduction, addressing the issue of the vulnerable geared towards increasing social stability.

Madam Ann Marie also disclosed that since the inception of ENCISS’s activities in the country in 2005, they have provided 74 grants to CSOs and government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to enhance their output and sta

On behalf of the ministry, the Deputy Education Minister-2 Dr. Algasimu Jah expressed thanks and appreciation to ENCISS for what he described as well placed gift at the time the ministry was in dire transport straits. He promised that the six Motor Bikes would be used for their intended purpose. He recognized the role of ENCISS in building social and political bridges in their operational areas. “We are happy to note that ENCISS has, within their short span in this country, established eight offices in the provinces and are actually doing well to improve the lives of communities,” he concluded.

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