Staff and volunteer trainees from the NaCSA Peace and Development Corps (pedeco) programme have paid a courtesy call on senior officials of the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA) at their regional office in Kenema.
The executive secretary of NaCSA, Sahr Kpulum presenting the group to the NaCSA regional coordinator and staff, noted that the visit of the 19 men volunteers to the regional office was part of their training visit to acquaint themselves with the task that lay ahead of them.
He said they were going around the provinces to meet with project staff and see project sites where they would soon be engaged in their task of voluntarism.
Mr Kpulum informed the NaCSA staff that “VSO International is sponsoring this area of pedeco project,” adding that all the volunteers were young graduates form Njala University, Fourah Bay College and Milton Margai College of Education and Technology.
Moses Gboma, the NaCSA regional coordinator, congratulated them on their selection for the 2008 project which he described as “good luck” and expressed hope that the volunteers would make use of that opportunity.
He disclosed that “NaCSA as an institution has over the years undergone a lot of changes, finding itself today as a social service provider in diverse ways”.
Mr Gboma said, “one of NaCSA’s priorities is to mobilize development agencies to enhance social development in the country,” and highlighted the number of projects NaCSA has implemented in the eastern region over the years.
He noted that through hard work and commitment of its staff, NaCSA had always overcome the challenges that it faced during the implementation of those projects.
The regional coordinator expressed hope that by the end of the training session, the volunteers would have prepared themselves to make their own mark, and appealed to them to work hard in their respective operational areas.
The team was led by David Lahai who is the coordinator of the pedeco programme.