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A sign of hope

During the civil war in Sierra Leone, the villagers of Kiegbai were forced to flee their homes in a frantic attempt to escape the rebels.

Shattered lives

When peace was declared, the few that survived the war returned to Kiegbai; only to discover their homes, schools and churches had been shattered.

People had no means of growing food, nowhere to live, nowhere for children to go to school and nowhere for men to work. They found it difficult to trust one another and the village became divided and broken.

Working together

The Methodist Church of Sierra Leone (MCSL), a MAPS funded Christian Aid partner, showed the people of Kiegbai how to organise themselves to work together and rebuild their lives.

The MCSL encouraged the development of a Village Development Committee (VDC) for the people of Kiegbai, uniting and supporting them to begin resurrecting their village.

MCSL provided technical support, seeds and constructed rice swamps to get them started.

They also provided essential counselling in Kiegbai to help heal wounds and rebuild trusting relationships.

Hope for the future

Today, the village is flourishing. Homes have been rebuilt and their rice harvests are better than ever. They now have a fish pond and have planted cassava, potatoes, ground nuts and vegetables.

The VDC has started adult literacy lessons to prevent villagers from being conned by outside tradesmen taking advantage of their lack of education.

Village chief, Aruna Jusu, says: 'It's been no easy task to rebuild this town to what it is now, but at least now, I have hope for the future.'

To see how the Methodist Church of Sierra Leone has helped others rebuild their lives after conflict please click here.

 

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