The Banjul Cluster of SOS Children’s Village directors commenced a four-day intensive meeting at Mamba Resort Lagoonda Aberdeen in Freetown to discuss progress, challenges and implement the 2019 strategic plan of the cluster.
Participants of The Gambia cluster includes directors from Sierra Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry.
According to the director of the international office for West and Central Africa Region SOS International Benoit Piot, the objective of the meeting was to discuss progress and challenges in the area of youth empowerment and reintegration of children into communities.
The national director of SOS Sierra Leone, Andrew Chikopa, said during the meeting directors will discuss “our strategic road map for 2019 activities within the SOS Banjul Cluster. We are going to share ideas and experiences for best practices of the SOS Banjul cluster.”
The deputy national director SOS –Sierra Leone, Sophie Ndong said: “We are going to discuss within the Banjul Cluster our strategic plan which will be implemented in 2019.”
She also spoke about the welfare and psycho social support SOS is providing for Ebola orphans and vulnerable children.
“SOS is a transparent and accountable partner with specific focus on sharing best practice to improve on the welfare of our children. We are going to discuss our challenges and bring out solutions to move SOS forward.”
She said some of the topics that will be discussed during the four-day meeting includes fund raising initiatives, mothers’ working condition in the cluster, procurement, crisis management, governance and transparency and accountability.