A UNICEF/ CORD Sierra Leone Community Led Total Sanitation Project (CLTS) have conducted three sets of experience sharing training workshops for 98 Natural Leaders in Niawa, Lower Bambara, Small Bo and Nongowa Chiefdoms in the Kenema District.
The programme was officially opened in the Chiefdom headquarter town of Panguma in the Lower Bambara by Chief Patrick Komeh one of the section Chiefs of Lower Bambara Chiefdom and was graced by various chiefdom stakeholders from the four selected chiefdoms in the Kenema District.
Chief Komeh in his opening remarks praised the effort of UNICEF/ CORD Sierra Leone for their timely intervention in training their people for action toward sanitation which he said is a very big move in promoting health not only in the chiefdoms but the entire district.
Chief Komeh promised on behalf of the Paramount Chief of Lower Bambara Chiefdom PC Almamy Farma who was absent and other chiefs of Lower Bambara Chiefdom to give their fullest support in seeing that the project succeeds.
The CLTS Manager Vandi Dauda who organized the workshop for the selected chiefdoms commended the chiefs for attending the workshop. He formally handed over the project to the chiefs and urged them to play leading roles in seeing that it succeeds.
A section chief Nalo Samuka of Komende Station, Amadu Sama of Jumu Kafabu, Lahai Keifala of Kagbado Jaygbla who attended the workshop on behalf of other chiefs in the Nongowa chiefdom commended UNICEF/CORD Sierra Leone, CLTS project, saying that the project came for alleviating the plight of their people by challenging them to build toilets for themselves and inducing them to provide basic sanitation requirements in their communities.
The town chief Moray Turay complained about the features of all their communities where the project is being implemented and appealed to the entire town chief and the towns concern to take the work seriously saying that health is wealth.
In his statement the CLTS Health District Supervisor for CORD Sierra Leone Moses Fatorma explained how the communities were selected and challenged all participants to work hard and see that their communities are open defecation free. He referred to the Natural Leaders as activist and enthusiast who should contribute positively and save their led CLTS project in their chiefdoms.