As part of its 60-year celebration and continued support to the government of Sierra Leone, local partners and community-based organisations (CSO), the Catholic Relief Service (CRS) has on Thursday, 14th September 2023, donated office accessories (1 computer, 1 Printer and one backpack ) worth SLE 47,180.00 (forty-seven thousand one hundred and eighty leones) to support institutional operation and efficiency to National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) at the LAC Villa Riverside Drive, Brookfield. Freetown.
In his welcome address, CRS LLPCS Coordinator Hassan John Sapateh said CRS respects Local leadership Investment and is working to strengthen local partners’ drive with their partners.
He revealed that the support is geared towards strengthening relationships, increasing influence, building strong alliances and ensuring financial sustainability amongst partners.
CRS Country Representative Jeanne Ella Andrianambinina said the donation aligns with her organization’s determination to push forward its Local Leadership agenda to drive strong quality program outcomes and transformation change of scale and that her organization believes that decisions should be made by those closest to the problem for sustainability.
She maintained that the donation aims to support national partners in being vibrant and strong institutions that can catalyse and drive transformational change in Sierra Leone.
Jeanne Ella Andrianambinina concludes that the ceremony brings together the Government, MDAs, Freetown City Council and Caritas Sierra Leone partners to receive institutional strengthening tools/assets to promote institutional operations efficiency and effective service delivery. Your institution is therefore selected to benefit from these institutional strengthening tools/assets that would be donated.
Delivering the Keynote address, Deputy Minister of Planning Economic Development (MoPED) Rev. Dr Jonathan Titus-Williams said he’s delighted that CRS is complementing the government’s efforts to provide essential working equipment for Ministries Department and Agencies and Freetown City Council. He urged the benefactors to use the equipment for the intended purposes.
He used the occasion to inform partners that the MoPED is working on the Mid-Term Development Plan, which will serve as the blueprint for implementing the government’s big five agendas to enhance President Bio’s vision and call on all to participate in the process for a better Sierra Leone.
Receiving the items, NCPD’s Executive Secretary Saa Kortequee expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to CRS on behalf of the Chairman and staff of the Commission and revealed that the Commission is in dire need of working equipment and that donation is a boost and will enhance the work of the Commission.
He called on other local and international organizations to emulate CRS’s good work and support the Commission with more equipment and mobility to help change the disability landscape and promote the government-inclusive policy of leaving no one behind.