Concord Times (Freetown)

11 June 2012

Sierra Leone: Finnish NGO Outlines Plans

A Finnish non-governmental organization based in Sierra Leone has outlined projects planned for the country during an interactive session in parliament earlier last week with their collaborative partners in the country.

Speaking on the projects, Sara Bachdtrom - social worker from Finland - said the schemes are geared toward enhancing gild child education, women and youth empowerment, cultural exchange programmes and peace building through art. She added that the projects would also focus on building an educational center for women and girls in Freetown.

Bachdtrom further mentioned the establishment of a female radio station in the country, a Sierra Leone-Finland cultural centre to be established at the Kent Beach with the objective to bridge the cultural gap between the two countries.

The Coordinator of RIPSTA, a working partner organization in Sierra Leone, Emmanuel H.A. Kabia, dilated on the relationship between the two organizations and assured that the two will work together to promote tourism and culture in the country.

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