In late March 2020, four members of the graduating class of the Youth Program Class training in Sierra Leone posted about their community service project targeting COVID-19 sensitization. Pictured above is the graduating class of the Youth Program Class.
Real Provencher highlighted their project back to the Rotary Foundation and his training team asked if the Foundation would consider financially supporting this project so it can be expanded in Sierra Leone. The Bo Rotary Club supported this project. The Magnolia Rotary Club Board also supported this project. District 5910 approved the request. Considering the immediate need in Sierra Leone and the desire to include almost half of our combined training classes in this project, the training team asked the Foundation for a quick approval.

Today (4/13/2020), the training team is announcing that the Sierra Leone COVID-19 Sensitization project has been approved by the Rotary Foundation. This project will fund 20-25 additional volunteers from both the Youth and Women’s training groups to organize and deliver sensitization messaging and training to communities near their homes or places of business in Sierra Leone. Volunteers will go into local communities and train members of those communities on the ramifications of COVID-19, social distancing guidelines and demonstrate the World Health Organization’s recommended protocol for hand washing. Volunteers will receive Face Masks, T-Shirts, Instructional Banners/Flyers and a Veronica bucket to leave at each community. The trained local community members will be asked to share what they learned with at least five other members of their community.

At all times, volunteers will be required to follow the guidelines issued by the Sierra Leone government. The Rotary training team will work to gain the support of local chieftains and elected officials representing the communities that volunteers will be visiting. Concurrently, the project team in Sierra Leone will initiate Public Service Announcements on Television and Radio stations.  

The Rotary training team will prepare training for all volunteers and coordinate the locations that volunteers will be visiting so as to minimize duplication and maximize the overall impact of the project. Volunteers will be encouraged to complete community visits within a two week period. The Rotary training team anticipate completing the project assessment by the end of May.