Donations of schooling materials to child flood victims
Following the fatal incident of flood and mudslide that took place across the country, YAEDASL on the 3rd September 2017 in collaboration with Epitomes Foundation oversaw joint donations of schooling materials worth over two million Leones to over 200 two hundred school going flood child victims at the culvert community, Ferry Junction at the eastern coast of Freetown as school was on the verge of reopening. Furthermore, a draw therapy session was successfully conducted by our social work team which aided most of the children whom cannot narrate their traumatic experiences except via drawings. We did our best but could not cater for a lot others who are equally in need.
YAEDA. SL attended a psychosocial training session at the mental health collision head office. In an effort to be address psychological trauma amongst mudslide and flood victims some of whom lost loved ones, homes and properties, YAEDASL attended a psychosocial training session at the mental health coalition head office in Freetown; during which numerous intervention strategies where discussed in addressing psychological anomalies detected in mudslide and flood victims. Various partner NGOs, organisations and students attended namely Social work Sierra Leone, YAEDASL, and students from Social work department, Fourahbay College and Milton Margai College. Orientation on subject matter was delivered by a handful of specialist with years of experience in both practice and academia. Questions then followed and answers provided by the experts. The session was climaxed with formation of groups amongst those in attendance. Each group was given a scenario question and asked to develop plausible intervention strategies in addressing their unique case. This ensured for nearly 15 minutes before every group leader presented their respective group strategies.
YAEDA.SL Members Volunteering at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. At YEDASL, we believe in giving back to the community and country as a whole. Volunteerism is crucial part of our operations as such it is imperative that all members opt in as volunteers with community projects related to sanitation, education, advocacy, disaster recovery efforts like the mudslide and flood that took hold of the capital Freetown where some members namely Miss Kadijah Jalloh, Lamarana Jalloh, Lansana Fofanah, Lucrisha Kamara and our chief executive officer and founder Mrs Fatmata Lamarana Bah a social work student volunteered at the John F Kennedy epicentre helping distribute and ration supplies to affected communities at the east end coast of Freetown. Others volunteered at some epicentres across the country. They spent nearly months ensuring food, clothing and other materials are evenly distributed amongst victims having to endure chaos, complaints, in fights between victims and threats from outlaws.
International youth day
YAEDA was invited by The National Association for social workers Sierra Leone in celebrating the International youth day (12th August) on the theme: "Inner peace is a solution to youth productivity and social Friendly environment" In a drive to promote the relatively new social work profession, YAEDA SL partnered with Social Workers Sierra Leone, student societies from Social work department Fourahbay College, University of Sierra Leone and Milton Margai School of Science and Technology in organising a national march and undertook a nationwide non-violence campaign before during and post elections. This march took place on 20th March 2018 (social workday) attracting a huge participation and media coverage across the country. In attendance was students, heads of department, academicians, media practitioners, government officials and NGOs. The essence of this march is to create awareness geared towards building public confidence, trust, prestige and professionalism within the profession. Prior to this a nationwide non-violence campaign was organised across the capital Freetown during which students interacted with the general public advocating for non-violence before, during and after elections.