Our Faiths Act Team Visits Communities in Sierra Leone
31 Mar 2016
The photo of mother and baby, shown below, was taken by one of our Faiths Act project team members last week, in the Moyamba province of Sierra Leone.
Faiths Act is our groundbreaking collaboration programme, which provides practical support to facilitate interfaith interactions around a common challenge. Working and training together, often in each other's places of worship, uniquely places faith communities to bring their wide networks together to affect positive behaviour change. In Sierra Leone, we help to exploit the country's wide network of churches and mosques to help tackle one of the key health issues there – malaria.
We train a small number of faith leaders on ways that malaria can be prevented, who in turn train community volunteers from their congregations. These volunteers then visit households in their community, and disseminate key prevention messages using a simple picture book.
Just one faith leader can help to reach up to 2,400 families with life-saving messages
Last month we trained 50 Sierra Leonean faith leaders, and three people who will act as focal points for malaria in their community. One faith leader can train up to 60 community volunteers at a time, who in turn can visit 40 households each. This means that just one faith leader can help to reach up to 2,400 families with life-saving messages.
In the photograph, the stickers on the door signify that a volunteer who has been trained as a result of our programme has visited the household, and that the family practises malaria prevention as a result. The mother showed our project team a mosquito net hanging above the bed, which she and her baby sleep under each night.
If you'd like to find out more about how we provide opportunities for religious communities in Sierra Leone to collaborate, thereby increasing dialogue and reducing religious tensions, take a look at our Faiths Act webpages.