FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 23, 2018
FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE — Today, the Sierra Leone Council of Chief Executives has presented the Best Peacebuilding NGO of 2017 Award to Search for Common Ground – Sierra Leone.
As stated by the Council, “the Award recognizes Search’s commitment to improving lives in poor and vulnerable communities in Sierra Leone through professional services, best practice and sound management principles, excellence, innovation, and effectiveness.”
Mr. Peter Sasellu, the Council’s President and CEO, presented the Award to the Country Director, Mr. Joseph Jimmy Sankaituah, at Search’s Freetown office this morning. Mr. Sasellu indicated that, after reviewing nominations from the public and carrying out due diligence on several peacebuilding organizations, the Council unanimously agreed to select Search. Among the reasons behind this choice, he cited Search’s unwavering dedication to promoting peace and building an inclusive society in Sierra Leone through media and community outreach. He encouraged Search to continue its work in a world fraught with growing violence and vulnerability.
Receiving the Award, Mr. Sankaituah expressed profound gratitude to the Sierra Leone Council of Chief Executives and renewed Search’s commitment to improving the lives of vulnerable people in deprived communities across the country. On behalf of the whole organization, Mr. Sankaituah dedicated the Award to the staff of Search – Sierra Leone. He encouraged them to continue promoting peace and building relationships, especially as the country prepares for this year’s General and Presidential Elections.
Search started working in Sierra Leone in 2000. It gained a strong reputation for producing credible, unbiased radio and television programs with Talking Drum Studio, opening new spaces for dialogue, eradicating violence against children and youth, and promoting women’s empowerment. Most recently, with the Standing Together for Democracy consortium, Search helped create a citizen manifesto that has shifted the national conversation about the upcoming March elections.
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