By The World Satellite.
Centre for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD Africa); a Youth-led Non-governmental Organisation has continued to take steps in demonstrating its commitment to peace building, quality education, entrepreneurship and leadership development.
In the group’s bid to complement the effort of the government of Sierra Leone in reaching out to communities with preventive messages against the corona virus, the Sierra Leone Chapter of CEPASD Africa embarked on a two-day community awareness campaign in three communities, which includes Portee Community, Waterloo Community and the Calaba Town Community recently.
While introducing the group, Country Director for CEPASD Africa, Sierra Leone Chapter; Roy Robinson described Center for Peace Advocacy and Sustainable Development (CEPASD Africa) as a global pragmatic youth focused non- governmental organization working in the area of peace building, education, innovation, youth empowerment through entrepreneurship, leadership, SDG and AU Agenda.
According to him, CEPASD Africa specifically pushes to redefine the narratives and rekindle the passion for nation-building in the youths. “It is a platform where the youths find a single purpose as patriots and agents of peace and change in Africa.
“CEPASD Africa also strongly believes young people possess the creativity, capacity and the intellect and resilience to solve Africa’s most pressing challenges, thus building capacity in mobilizing and empowering them with the requisite skills and knowledge, which makes them agents of Peace, change and leaders of high intellect”, Mr. Robison informed.
Mr. Roy, who noted that the organization has partnered with CASDER Sierra Leone, Goods Deeds Day Sierra Leone and Chezuba; a Global Organization that is supporting registered NGOs, added that CEPASDAfrica focuses more on creating an impact to NGO through connecting their Global Online Volunteers with different skill sets.
Assistant Country Director; Gefty Renner, while speaking, explained the various measures that should be taken to prevent the disease, which included: hand washing, avoidance of body contact, hand shaking, reduction of gathering to the barest minimum and social distancing etc.
She also admonished residents that in the event of persistent coughing, uncommon fever, extreme fatigue and difficulty in breathing, residents should call 117 for emergency response. Again, she admonished them not to ‘pepper doctor’, as by so doing, if the patient is infected by the virus, it will spread and infect others. She therefore called on the community people to disseminate the message in the community.
Furthermore, CEPASD Africa, Sierra Leone Chapter aptly demonstrated the way to wash hands to prevent contracting the virus and also explained that the waste water used after washing of hands should be emptied in the toilet.
Conclusively, CEPASD Africa encouraged the Communities to observe the necessary personal hygiene explained to them and to adhere to the directives of the government. It also admonished them to follow the process of hand washing demonstrated to them as it will help to keep them safe from contacting the virus
While reacting, the leaders of the three communities welcomed them expressing their satisfaction for being considered by CEPASD Africa in this drive. They assured that their message will be well driven down to every family within the Community.