A Non Governmental Organization Oxfam with funding from European Commission (EC) is giving assistance to thousands of residents in the Kailahun districts east of the country.
Speaking to the European Community Water Facility (ECWF) Program Manager Dr. Richard Bold and his staff at the Oxfam Sub office along 6 Pendembu road in Kailahun town recently, Dr. Bold revealed that ECWF Program which started in 2007 and it is working in the area of Public health, HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and Governance sector. He said Oxfam is fully collaborating with the Kailahun District Council (KDC) and that the ECWF program through their implementing partners one Local Non Governmental Organization and one Community Based Organization (CBO) Community and Agricultural Skill Training Institute (CASTI) and Bo Pujehun Development Association (PDA) have operated in Kailahun district for two years in five chiefdoms and thirty two (32) communities. He further stated the program has installed 18 water points in the 32 communities. He said CASTI is operating in Kissi Tongi and Kissi Kama chiefdoms while PPDA is operating in Penguia, Dea and Yawei chiefdoms in the Kailahun district. He said the overall objective of the project is to see that by 2011 the people of Kailahun district have access to clean water facility and live in hygienic environment.
Dr. Bold further explained that Oxfam entered Kailahun district during the transition through UNHCR/ ECHO Program in 2000 to 2004 when the program changed to Health Empowering Livelihood Protection (HELP) from 2004 to July 2007. He added that the current project ECWF will last until 2011. He said recently Oxfam donated five vehicles and 35 motorbikes to the Kailahun District Council (KDC). Explaining the current project he said it comprised of the Business Partnership unit headed by Charles Quee, the Public Health Promotion units headed by Doris Maturi, the Measurement and Evaluation (M & E) and Project Quality and Learning unit Alex Makavoray, Emmanuel Stevens is heading the Logistic unit, Mohamed Kanneh is the Human Resource unit and the Finance and Admin unit is headed led by George Gobba.