As part of the National Commission for Persons with Disability (NCPD) livelihood support to Disabled Persons Organizations (DPO) across the country, the Commission has supported two groups in the Northern and 3 in Eastern regions to undertake essential skills training projects.
In his submission, the Programs manager of NCPD, Tamba S.P Mondeh, said the intervention aims at strengthening the livelihood projects, thereby mitigating the socio-economic situation caused by the Covid 19 pandemic.
He further noted that the NCPD would continue supporting selected DPOs across the country through financial grants for the progress empowerment of their members and support schemes. ￼
Adding that will make the general membership more resilient, he maintains that the “financial grants given to the DPOs are from the subvention given to Commission by the government in this 2021 and 2022”.
During the presentation in Makeni, NCPD Information Communication and Outreach Manager Mawusie Dumbuya revealed that the sum of twenty-five thousand Leones (NL 25,00) Koinadugu Union for the Blind in (Kabala) for Goat Farming for their members and twenty-five thousand Leones (NL 25,00) to the Polio Persons Development Association in Makeni to support the organization tailoring component and soap making factory.
In his statement, Sierra Leone Union on Disability Issues (SLUDI) Board representative North Daniel Thoronka said the Commission is committed to changing the lives of Persons with Disabilities, and the largesse is a pointer. He thanked the Chairman and his team at the Commission for their excellent work. ￼
Presenting the cheques to DPOs in Kenema, Tamba S.P Mondeh said the Commission is supporting Kesikpe disable Organisation in Kaliahun with forty thousand Leones (NL 40,000) to embark on tailoring, soapmaking and weaving skills. He furthered that Polio Victim Association in Kono received thirty thousand Leones (NL 30,000) to embark on skills training and income-generating activities through hairdressing, tailoring, embroiling soapmaking and blacksmithing. The Head of Programs concluded that Opportunity Training Center (OTC) with thirty thousand Leones (NL 30,000) was to upgrade centre with equipment.
NCPD Regional Coordinator Eastern Region Michael Gborie confessed that he was pleased that the Commission supported the organizations
because they have established training centres. They are effortlessly working hard to change the lives of PWDs. Mr Gborie noted that the Commission is hugely grateful to have organizations like these that are changing the narratives of PWDs in the country. He, therefore, urged them to continue the excellent work.
Chairman of the Commission, James T Cullen, reaffirms President Maada Bio’s pledge to PWDs in the country, maintaining that the New Direction is geared towards catering adequately for the disabled.
In his seamless effort, Edward Mammie, the Principal of the Opportunity Training Center (OTC), said NCPD has been instrumental in working with and for the disabled in Sierra Leone. He maintains that they will make judicious use of the money for its intended purposes.
Mohamed Kposay threaded on the same path and promised they would use the money to complete the vocational centre in Kailahun. He concluded by thanking the Commission for its continued support.
The President of the Koinadugu DPOs, Brima Thoronka, thanked the Commission and appreciated the Commission’s Chairman and teams for the first project the Union is rolling out. Matthew Tholley, the Coordinator, extended similar sentiments to the Commission for promoting disability issues in the country, especially at this point. He took time to plead with the government to support the Commission to continue doing good work for the disabled.