May 4, 2016 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Believers Broadcasting Network (BBC) Counseling Centre, with support from Reach Beyond, a UK-based organization, Monday, 2 May, 2016 commenced a five-day counseling training themed ‘restoring hope through counseling.’
Speaking at the opening ceremony at the Grassroots Gender Empowerment Administrative Training Centre on John Street in Freetown, Executive Officer of BBN Counseling Centre Ransford Wright said the training aims at bringing hope back to the people of Sierra Leone after having gone through lots of difficulties, including the civil war and Ebola virus.
He said the counseling centre started operations in 2012, emanating from a radio counseling programme, adding that they were proud to say that over 3,000 people have benefited from the centre by helping them overcome their problems.
He said the training was designed for workers at the counseling centre, although they later realised it would be good to involve other people who could help bring change through counseling.
He said people in the country do not like sharing their problems with others, but instead keep silent about it, adding that such was bad and that the BBN Counseling Centre was trying to ensure that people imbibe counseling culture in the country.
He said the centre had impacted greatly on peoples’ lives, especially those who listen to their radio programmes and visit the centre, as they always call back to say ‘thank you’ after overcoming their problems.
He said they provide free counseling to their clients as part of their corporate social responsibility, adding that they treat Christians and Muslims who visit the centre.
Lee Sonius, Regional Director for Reach Beyond, said they have a partnership with BBN and that the latter had over the years touched and changed lives in the country as he called on participants to make good use of the training.