Kidsave expands in Sierra Leone with the launch of a new program with local partner and implementer of Kidsave Family Visit Model, Foundation for Integrated Development Sierra Leone (FID/SL).
On October 7, 2016, FID and Kidsave launched the program at the Pujehun District Local Council Hall. 35 stakeholders including local child protection agencies, traditional leaders, orphanage directors and local council officials participated in the ceremony.
The overall aim of the launch ceremony was to inform/sensitize the stakeholders and key development partners about the FID/Kidsave planned support of children orphaned by Ebola in Bo and Pujehun districts; and to engage relevant authorities to collaborate with FID to implement the Kidsave Family Visit Model in the two districts. Key themes discussed were: why hosting, basic element in the Family Visit Model, expectations of the host families and identifying and working with orphanages.
Speakers included the Regional Director from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs in Bo (MSWGCA) – Mr. Bangura, Rtd. Captain Jacob Sellu from the Presidential Delivery Team on Ebola Recovery, the Chief Administrator from the Pujehun District Council and Mr. Alex J. Mbayo, Head of the Family Support Unit of the Sierra Leone Police. All the speakers congratulated FID and Kidsave for the launch of the program and voiced their support.
Mr. Bangura said, “This effort by FID/Kidsave has been the dire need of the Ministry of Social Welfare to deinstitutionalize children from orphanages, but have always faced difficulties to do so due to logistical constraints, the willingness of Director of orphanages to accept deinstitutionalization of their children and lack of partners to support such intervention.” He encouraged all to emulate the FID/Kidsave approach in reaching out to children living in difficult circumstances in the two districts.
Currently, the FID/Kidsave program is working to place 65 children in loving, permanent families.