Children at the centre
MUWODA, the local partner in Sierra Leone, has so far focused on setting up the project, particularly a day care centre for young children.
Establishment of Day Care Centre
MUWODA has established a fully operational day care centre having purchased teaching materials, classroom furniture, uniforms, and play equipment. The centre now provides childcare for up to 30 children aged 1-6. Having to stay at home to care for their children, a number of mothers were previously unable to find work; other mothers left their children alone or in the care of older siblings. Now mothers can find work to improve their socio-economic status safe in the knowledge their children are receiving proper care and attention.
Every day, mothers drop their children off on the way to work and collect them in the afternoon. As well as expert care by experienced and qualified staff, the centre offers nutritious meals, early childhood education, and a wide range of stimulating activities for children.
Outreach and Awareness Raising
The project also raised awareness on child rights throughout the community through a number of workshops and meetings in schools and the community, as well as radio panel discussions. In total, 750 children, 25 community leaders, and 25 law enforcement officers have been reached so far. The meetings and radio programmes aimed to raise awareness about issues affecting children and increase the community’s involvement in providing support to these children. MUWODA also bought to two motorbikes to enable its field staff to carry out outreach visits throughout the community.
MUWODA has trained 12 Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) staff members on nutrition education. The Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) are designed to be the delivery point for primary health care in Sierra Leone. This training aimed to improve the skills and knowledge of the PHU staff in order to better educate local community members on health and nutrition.