KDU Northeast Chapter holds family reunion

Left second row - Melbourne Garber, President of the Northeast Chapter and the Archivist and immediate past Chair of the KDU Global

By Dennis Kabatto – After an emotional homecoming to Freetown, Sierra Leone in December 2016, the Krio Descendants Union Northeast Chapter will assemble in New Brunswick, New Jersey for its 9th Family Reunion. Organizers announced Sunday, August 27th that tickets are no longer available for sale on the social media site Eventbrite but advised that they could accommodate last minute orders via email for the three day events that kicks off on Friday, September 1st – Sunday, September 3rd at the Hyatt Hilton Hotel in downtown New Brunswick. The Reunion is expected to draw hundreds of members, friends, families and... Continue Reading

LIBERIA: Rural Communities benefit from WASH Training

Hand Pump mechanics practicing what they have learned during the training

As part of efforts to ensure that Liberians, especially rural dwellers have access to safe drinking water, improved sanitation and hygiene, a local NGO constructing WASH facilities, has begun WASH training for rural communities. Eleven Communities in Grand Cape Mount county are benefiting from the Initiative through hand pump mechanic and WASH software training. The project is undertaken by the Community Development Services (CODES), with support from WaterAid/Irish Aid WASH project in Cape Mount.

Babcock University collaborates with MDF-N to boost mushrooms production in Nigeria

Mushrooms Farm

As Nigeria's government emphasizes the need to diversify its economy away from oil, many Nigerians, corporate organisations, religious bodies and learning institutions as well as individuals including the youth are embracing agriculture in all its value chain to boost food production and guarantee good security. One of such companies is CHITOLA Farms into the production of diverse farming business including mushrooms production and marketing. Mushrooms Development Foundation Nigeria, MDF-N, a subsidiary of ChiTola Farms has just entered into partnership with the Babcock University Ilishan, Remo, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria to boost the production of high breed edible mushrooms for local consumption as well as for the export market.

Presidential Spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay confirms suspension of US B1, B2 Visas for Sierra Leone Government Officials

Presidential Spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay

Presidential Spokesman, Abdulai Bayraytay confirmed on Wednesday that the United States has placed restrictions on business and tourism visas for Sierra Leone immigration and foreign affairs ministry officials. The Trump administration visa restrictions on four African and Asian countries including Sierra Leone became effective on Thursday, September 14, 2017 after they refused to accept deported citizens from the United States

LIBERIA: Senate finally passes WASH Commission Act

Some senators along with WaterAid Deputy Country Director, Chuchu Selma and some residents of swamp communities in Monrovia

….concurs with House of Representatives – By: WASH R&E “Media” Network – The Liberian Senate has finally passed the long awaited National Water Supply and Sanitation Commission Act. The Act had been languishing at the Senate since 2016, after it was unanimously passed by the House of Representatives. Now that the Upper House (Senate) has concurred with the Lower House of Representatives on the passage of the WASH Commission Act, it now goes before the President for approval, and printed into law. The Act seeks to ensure vibrant Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector supported by direct National Government and… Continue Reading

Zimbabwe music producer awes South African artiste

Tapfumanashe Rujeko

A Zimbabwean music producer is making waves after doing a collaboration with popular South African house music artiste L’vovo Derrango. Tapfumanashe Rujeko spoke to Shout-Africa about the song ‘Zunza’ which has been getting a lot of airplay on the local music scene and said all he was overwhelmed by the response he got from music lovers.

LIBERIA: WaterAid Releases environmental, social and health impact scoping report

Artisanal mining in Massakapa-2, Tewor District-Grand Cape Mount County

WaterAid Liberia, through its Transboundary Programme for Liberia & Sierra Leone, commissioned an Environmental, Social and Health Impact Scoping Study to understand the potential impacts of ongoing activities on sustainable access to WASH in key cross-border communities in Liberia. The Environmental, Social and Health Impact Scoping Report focuses on Sustainability Appraisal for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Services in 45 communities in selected Districts of Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu Counties, Western Liberia.

Fish farming in Tanzania gets new impetus.

Dr. Tausi Kida the ESRF executive director addressing journalists at the event

The Tanzania’s leading think tank institution the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) has yet conducted another potential training in fish farming which has benefited stakeholders from various circles. This is in its continued efforts to empower entrepreneurs and other people from all-walks -of life. Being one of the outreach programmes, 253 people benefited in multiple ways from watching documentaries, interactive lectures to exhibitions on the fish farms, ponds and tank fish keeping.

Liberia: New statistics reveal scale of challenge ahead….

Chuchu Selma, WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone Deputy Country Director

Figures released today reveal the scale of the challenge ahead to bring universal access to water and sanitation in Liberia by 2030, the international development organisation WaterAid has said. WaterAid’s analysis of figures released today by the Joint Monitoring Programme-a body set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organization to collate data on water and sanitation coverage, shows that Liberia will deliver a community source of clean water within a 30-minute round trip to everyone by 2071.