With funds from UNDP, the Advocacy Initiative for Development – Sierra Leone (AID-SL) engages key District Stakeholders in Kambia and Kono on Adaptive Capacities of Climate Change on Water Services.
With funds from UNDP, AID-SL continuous Awareness Raising engagements with district stakeholders in Kambia and Kono on “Adaptive Capacities of Climate Change on Water Services” in both Kono and Kambia Districts.
Local council’s staff, Ministries, Departments, Agencies and CSO`s taken the lead with active participation in ensuring people and their communities are aware of the adverse effect and adoptable measures to mitigate climate change on their Water Services. In the bid to increase awareness on Climate Change key and interesting activities were organize and held in strategic project and highly affected communities in the two districts.
Two (02) theatre drama performances were held in highly populated communities. In Kono it was held in two chiefdoms Yardu village, Gbense Chiefdom and Bumpeh town in Nimikoro chiefdom and in Kambia at the Main Lorry Park along the Genuine – Sierra Leone highway and at the Popular Bamoi Lumo respectively. They two drama groups are Kono entertainers and the Kambia home boys are known to be local comedy groups often perform unique kits with conscious messages in sensitizing their communities. The drama skits performed in the two (02) districts had interesting characters to show case the causes, effect and adoptive measures to climate change. Members of these communities were able to benefit from local and simple messages which can be easily and quickly disseminated to their colleague, age group and pee group across the localities. Each drama performance lasted for an hour with many questions, concerns and recommendation from the communities.
1000 information Parks with key environmental and water related messages were developed with fantastic diagrams depicting the causes, Hazards and stop gap measures to climate change on our water services in the communities. The designed message were distributed among community members and displayed at the entrances of Public offices, public places like the Lorry Parks, Ataya Bases, Ghettos, Cinemas and Night clubs for people to see the diagrams and read the messages for their our actions to mitigate Climate Change.
Forty (40) radio discussions with phoning Programmes, twenty per district Kambia and Kono were organized and held. The most common community radio station with wider wave length or coverage was identified and contracted for the discussions to be held. Timely and relevant information were shared on climate change on our water services during the discussions. Many regular listeners to the discussions titled Climate Change Hour for Kambia it was schedule for 8 – 9pm every Wednesdays and Kono at 9 – 10 pm every Thursdays. During regular weekly talk shows many if not all callers commended AID/SL and UNDP for such an educative programme and made recommends for conteounity of the discussions which they think will help mitigate the Behavior, Attitude and Practices of the people to change the prevailing situation faced by climate change in the communities and the district.
The implemented project activities were climax by a group evaluation exercise. Two (02) project evaluation meetings were organized and held in Kambia and Kono. The district stakeholders who happens to be project target and some beneficiaries from the communities held a day meeting to evaluate the activities as against the outcomes and results. An evaluation tool in a form of questions were developed and use during the meeting to measure the impact of the project activities on the people and their communities. Frank discussions were held, lesions learnt, challenges and recommendations were suggested for the attention of AID/SL and UNDP for future support.