ENCISS newsletter edition 7 December 2014

Welcome to the seventh edition of the ENCISS newsletter, filled with the latest news, views and updates on our Ebola response work. Read more

The ENCISS Story 2010-2014 Phase 3

The ENCISS Story 2010-2014, highlights from phase 3

Programme Director Alpha Sankoh reflects on the highlights of ENCISS Phase 3. The current chapter of ENCISS started in October 2010, when Christian Aid began to manage the third phase of the programme, with a budget of £8.3m.Download now.

ENCISS to focus on Ebola relief work

In recognition of the challenge faced by Sierra Leone in battling the outbreak of the Ebola Virus, ENCISS will focus primarily on Ebola relief work during a four-month extension granted by UK Aid.

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News and views

ENCISS lll will be closing January 31st
ENCISS hosts Ebola response forum
Psychosocial trainer
Psychosocial care and contact tracer training
Training of Ebola Contact Tracers
Ebola contact tracer training in Bo

Learning Labs

Learning Labs. Read more.
Learning Labs is a new ENCISS initiative to promote a culture of sharing and learning among civil society and beyond, with the help of resources, events, radio broadcasts, case studies, testimonials and more.
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SMS Voices – a community reporting pilot

ENCISS has launched a pioneering community reporting pilot project that uses text message technology to connect citizens with local government in Sierra Leone. SMS Voices aims to support councillors to respond to members of their communities on current issues of concern. The three-month pilot sees 45 newly trained citizen reporters in Bo and Koinadugu Districts sharing news reports with their ward councillors via SMS (short message service – or text messaging), spanning themes such as gender, youth and justice. These councillors will then respond to the matters raised, again by text message, creating a feedback loop between citizens and local authorities. All conversations are transmitted and stored using a web-based system; ENCISS is monitoring the progress of the pilot with the help of an interactive map, below.

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Civil society spotlight: rights for all

Kabala Cheshire Services was created by volunteers in the aftermath of the civil war. Today, it has a livelihood and skills training programme that focuses on supporting vulnerable women, including childless widows, and people living with disabilities. With support from ENCISS, Kabala Cheshire Services has sought to raise awareness of the different types of exclusion these marginalised groups face and to tackle the stigma and discrimination that prevents them from playing a full role in community life.
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Monday Manseray received support from the project.