The Confederation of Trade Unions in Spain (USO) in collaboration with the Central Confederation of Trade Unions in Sierra Leone (CCOTU), have successfully completed the second project of social reinsertion of war affected children with a graduation ceremony and launching of income generating activities at the Jajah’s tailoring boutique, Kissy Bye Pass road in Freetown.
Twelve girls who were trained in tailoring were each given sewing machines, tailoring materials and packages to kick start income generating activities.
According to the USO rep, Victor Dugbevi, the organization has been very instrumental in supporting war affected children, noting that the graduation ceremony is a clear manifestation of USO’s continued support for destitute children. He lauded the efforts of the President and Secretary General of CCOTU, Malcolm Jones and Ansu Massaquoi respectively, for ensuring that these two projects succeed.
He also expressed gratitude to Adrien Akoute, the Secretary General of the International Trade Union Confederation for Africa, for his relentless efforts in ensuring that projects from Sierra Leone are given utmost priority.
He said that the project has several stages, starting with identification and selection of children, after which psychologist counseling is then administered. Literacy training is then given, followed by six (6) months intensive training in tailoring.
The USO rep pointed out that after the skills training has been completed, financial and material support is then provided for the launching of a tailoring workshop.
He admonished other Trade Unions and Labor Organizations to follow this example, by being a partner with government to reinsert war affected children.
He stressed that with these income generating activities, the children can now live better lives.
The Secretary General of CCOTU, Ansu Massaquoi, pointed out that Trade Unions are gradually performing the duties of the central government as they are moving away from the militant approach, by engaging in socio-economic activities.
This, he said, would create employment opportunities for those in need, thereby easing the burden on government. The Secretary General reiterated that USO has undertaken to assist Sierra Leone through CCOTU, noting that these are the second successful set of graduates trained in tailoring.
He admonished beneficiaries to use the sewing machines and other equipments for the intending purpose, as these were bought from tax payers’ money.
He said that the project sponsors would make a follow up to assess the overall performance of the project.