CRS to celebrate 60-year of services in Sierra Leone

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Jeanne Ella Andrianambinina making statement

By Hassan Gbassay Koroma

Country Representative of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Sierra Leone, Jeanne Ella Andrianambinina, has disclosed that CRS will celebrate its 60 -year of providing excellent services in Sierra Leone. 

She made the disclosure at a cocktail dinner that they hosted at the Country Lounge Hotel, last Thursday March 2, to appreciate their donors and partners that are working with them to ensure that they achieve their mission and vision in the country.    

“In 2023, we will celebrate CRS 60-year service in Sierra Leone. I am grateful to my predecessors, CRS Regional and Headquarter Leadership and their local partners for their dedicated service to the people of Sierra Leone,” she said.

She said she has been in office for five months and that she was amazed at the partnership and the collaboration CRS has with several partners which includes the government, the Sierra Leone Non-Governmental Organisation, the churches and local partners.

She said in 2022, CRS programmes reached 763,800 beneficiaries across the 16 districts of Sierra Leone, stating that she was proud and thankful of the dedication and resilience of their staff and local partners, and the generous support from their donors.

She said in 2022, CRS started the implementation of two new programmes including the Preparing for Enhanced Protection in Disasters (PrEPD), an 18-month global project which focuses on disaster preparedness and response, adding that due to their high quality and impactful programing, CRS has successfully transitioned from Phase IV to Phase V of the McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program.

“Since I took up my role as the Country Representative in Sierra Leone in September 2022, I have been amazed by the commitment of our staff and partners in reaching the most vulnerable people of Sierra Leone, regardless of where they live,” she said.

She said as they work towards promoting local leadership and localization of their programming, CRS will continue to work together with the Government of Sierra Leone, Caritas and the Church, and their development partners, and communities to deliver high quality and sustainable programing for the people of Sierra Leone.

She said the year 2022 was an impactful year for CRS Sierra Leone, as they positively moved towards achieving their vision 2030 strategic priorities for Sierra Leone, and that regardless of the many challenges faced, they have remained faithful to their mission to serve the people of Sierra Leone.

She further noted that in  2022, they worked closely with the communities they  serve, the Government and their local partners to improve quality education for children in rural strengthen fight communities, healthcare services, Malaria, Tuberculosis and HIV/AID, promote Urban Resilience and responded to disaster and emergencies in Freetown.

Director of Non-governmental Organisations Affairs, Eric Massallay, confirmed that CRS is the oldest NGO in the country that has contributed immensely to the development of the country, noting that they have touched thousands of lives in Koinadugu and Falaba districts respectively.

Since 1963, CRS has been on the front lines in responding to emergencies and promoting health, education, agriculture and urban resilience in Sierra Leone and they are working in all regions of Sierra Leone to reach the poorest and most marginalized communities.

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