By Victoria Saffa
The FONTRICIA Children’s Foundation (FCF), a not-for-profit non-governmental and child rights organisation that seeks to protect and promote access to education and health care for vulnerable children, especially the girl child, was yesterday launched at the Harry Yansaneh Hall of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists (SLAJ) in Freetown. The official launching was done by renowned TV broadcaster, Samuel Valcarcel.
The ceremony attracted important dignitaries including Ms. Nanette Thomas of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change secretariat, Zainab Tunkara Clarkson as Chairperson of the Foundation’s Board, Muctarr Tejan Cole – who served as chairman for the occasion, and the Secretary General of SLAJ, Moses A. Kargbo, who made a goodwill statement.
In his statement, the Executive Director of the Foundation, journalist Abdul Karim Kabia, said the organization is a family-led initiative seeking to protect and promote the welfare of deprived and vulnerable children across Sierra Leone.
He said the Foundation was established in memory of her late three year-old daughter, who passed away on 1st March 2013 following a brief illness.
“We believe that every child has a right to quality and affordable education, health care, general protection. Without children’s rights and effective educational empowerment in the country, the results are predictable – children are exposed to general abuse with their progress distorted or totally destroyed,” he said.
Mr. Kabia further highlighted the aims of the Foundation, which are “broadly divided into four thematic areas: child protection, academic, health care and awareness raising”, adding that the Foundation is going to serve as a platform to mobilize funds from businesses, institutions and individuals for the benefit of the children of Sierra Leone.
Launching the Foundation, Mr. Samuel Valcarcel showered praises on Mr. Kabia “for such a laudable initiative”, noting that the issue of taking children out of the street should be paramount for any good government.
“Children of this country have been struggling because some of the elders have corrupted their minds,” he stated.