Gbane community starts construction of health post

This post was written by team members of the Kono district.

Immediately after their reconciliation ceremony in 2010, Gbane yemor section, Gbane chiefdom in Kono district went into action. Having learned from Fambul Tok how to be independent and work for the development of their community, all the villages in that section settled down to start sectional farming. They contributed labor, seeds and food to kick start the farming activities. During the first year, not much was realised from the harvest, but they did not relent. During the second farming season in 2011, the community again contributed labor, seeds, tools and other needed resources without external support.

Health post under construction in Foindu.

“We encouraged every village to provide labor and other forms of support to the farming activities, and indeed everyone’s efforts were realized,” explains Tamba, one of the reconciliation members in Gbane yemor section. He continued, “we realised that our efforts did not go in vain as we had a bumper harvest and later met and decided to sell some proceeds to start a micro-credit project.” After two years of the endeavor, the community got the sum of 12 million leones (about three thousand dollars).

As Fambul Tok had taught them to consult with everybody whenever they want to embark on a venture, the whole community converged to decide on what to do with the money. During a meeting, it was unanimously agreed upon to construct a health post which, when completed, will serve the entire community and beyond.

According to members of that community, women and children have lost their lives because there is no health facility and the nearest health post is several miles away. After consultations, part of the money was used to buy building items to kick start the project in Foindu, which is the sectional headquarter town.

“We have already started the project and what we need now is external support from organizations to finish” says Kumba Fillie, one of the peace mothers in Foindu.
She continued, “women and children are suffering because there is no health facility in this community and we would like government to support us and provide medical personnel.”

About Solomon Yarjoh

Solomon Yarjoh is the Communications Director for the Fambul Tok program in Sierra Leone.
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One Response to Gbane community starts construction of health post

  1. Mark Stopha says:

    I was in Foindu in May 2013. I’d worked there in 1987-1988 as a Peace Corps volunteer and went there from my home village in neighboring Kangahun to see any of my farmers still around. This area called Kongweko is rebuilding and the people have returned to farm and reclaim their land, culture and history from the RUF who did everything the could to steal it. I plan to return soon when they are at the stage they can begin to retool their fish ponds. The farmers said they want to renew the ponds, but need to spend the time now to get homes built, coffee, cacao and oil palm plantations reclaimed, and their rice farms operational. I can’t wait to go back. It’s paradise.

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