Robareh community in the Port Loko District has had one of the most successful Kaka (CLTS) celebrations with Former Country Director of Plan Sierra Leone, Samuel Paulos as Distinguished Guest at the ceremony.
Sixteen (16) latrines have been constructed with local materials with the effective involvement and participation of children and women.
Robareh has turned a new page in their sanitation and health.
The Ward Councilor, Sulaiman Sesay commended the initiative of community involvement and participation in development activities as ‘a worthy venture and one that is sustainable’. He commended Plan Sierra Leone for the strategy and encouraged other communities to emulate the ‘good example of Robareh’.
Plan Sierra Leone Country Director, Fadimata Alainchar said that Plan is a Child-Centred Community Development organization working assiduously in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals.
She told the community that Plan works with the vision of a ‘world in which all children realize their full potential in societies which respect people’s rights and dignity’.
Madam Fadimata referred to health as a rights issue and congratulated the Robareh community for making the environment healthy for children, noting that a community that is healthy is wealthy.
The Country Director expressed gratitude to UKNO/DFID for the support to the Country Office to facilitate such a ‘laudable process’ event.
The Distinguished Guests at the celebration, Former Plan Sierra Leone Country Director, Samuel Paulos, spoke about three facts about development initiatives in any community. These are he stated peace, clean environment and good leadership as strong ‘movers of development in every society’.
Mr. Paulos expressed appreciation for the Robareh Community for ‘the effort in keeping your environment clean’, which situation he attributed to peace and good leadership in the community.
He thanked partners for their support in achieving a Kaka-Free community.
Earlier, in his welcome address, Paramount Chief of Koya Chiefdom, PC Kompa Bomboli commended Plan for what, he described as ‘good work’ in his chiefdom. He said Plan is a reliable organization, amongst many others, whose commitment to development and health is remarkable.
Paramount Chief Bomboli called on his people to ‘hold fast on the new health initiative (CLTS) and trigger other communities within the chiefdom so as to make their communities clean and safe’.
A presentation of gifts to the community and a cultural performance climaxed the celebration.
About ten of such celebrations have already been done in the four programme units of Moyamba, Kailahun and Port Loko with a good number more lined up.