The Country Director of Action Aid Sierra Leone Programme Tennyson Williams has said that poverty is the greatest challenge facing Sierra Leone and expressed the need for a concerted effort to alleviate the growing number of people faced with abject poverty.
Tennyson Williams was speaking at a press conference over the weekend at his organizations headquarters at Lumley in Freetown to mark their 21st anniversary celebration.
He further explained that the Action Aid Sierra Leone Programme has undertaken a lot of activities that has transformed the lives of the poorest of the poor who are languishing in both urban and rural areas.
He noted that Action Aid has been involved in advocacy programmes towards the welfare of youths and women found to be below the poverty line as a result the organization is lobbying with development partners so as to assist the needy and underprivileged.
Tennyson Williams pointed out that Action Aid is committed and determined to reduce the high level of poverty among the ordinary people by building the capacity of youths and women’s groups to undertake self-reliance programmes.
He also disclosed that Action Aid Sierra Leone has undertaken projects like campaign against hunger and poverty, Gender violence, women’s empowerment formulation of policies and HIV and Aids awareness rising on prevention and care.
He further explained that Action Aid has been working with both Local and International Organizations in collaboration with the Government of Sierra Leone to assist vulnerable communities with their basic needs.
The Country Director added that there are many elements responsible for the high rate of poverty in the country and called on relevant stakeholders to support communities with their basic needs so as to reduce the high rate of dependency in the country.
He also disclosed that Action Aid has Board Members and that all their activities are being monitored and evaluated.