NOVEMBER 3, 2014 By Victoria Saffa
ENCISS – Enhancing the interaction and interface between civil society and the state to improve poor people’s lives – has funded over 50 implementing partners and civil society organizations in the Western and Rural Districts as part of their Ebola response project beginning October 2014 to January 2015, with funds from the Department for International Development (DFID).
At a meeting organized by ENCISS’ implementing partners at Portee, which attracted over 50 local NGOs, the group dilated on a new project title, “Reducing stigmatization and social inclusion of quarantined and Ebola affected families and promoting accountability of Ebola funds in the Western Urban and Rural Districts.”
According to ENCISS’ Program Officer, Kaifala Philip Koroma, the purpose of the meeting was to share information with their implementing partners. He disclosed that they had received Le260 million from DFID for the fight against Ebola, adding that the money will be disbursed to their implementing partners in the Western Urban and Rural districts respectively.
“We have been giving grants to this our local partners for the past three years and it was because of this Ebola we decided to make a proposal to DFID for us to fund our implementing partners in fighting the deadly Ebola virus,” Koroma disclosed.
Chairman of ENCISS’ Implementing Partners and Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Social Aid Volunteers (SLSAV), Alfred Alex Jatta Dumbuya, said they would use the money for its intended purpose.
He urged for accountability, policy dialogue and monitoring of service delivery to improve poor peoples’ lives, and called on other implementing groups to visit quarantined homes and collect data on the number of Ebola deaths in communities.