Nonviolence Elections Campaign
Nonviolence Electoral Campaign
Project status: completed
Project locations: Freetown, Moyamba, Bo and Kambia.
In a bid to discourage violence and political intimidation during the 2018 elections in Sierra Leone, YARDO-SL as a youth led organization working with young people committed to making sure thousands of young people across the country were positively impacted by the message of political tolerance and cohesion for the development of our beloved country.
This project employed the youth-youth approach as young people were mobilized and trained to be peace ambassadors of their respective communities. These peace ambassadors were charged with the responsibility to identify places were youths normally assemble like ‘Attaya Base’ or cinemas and then try to reach with the gospel of peace. This was done through focal group discussions, youth to youth, and with leaflets and posters. Social Media like Facebook and WhatsApp also played an instrumental part in the dissemination of the peace message.
This project is estimated to have impacted over 3,000 young people across the country.
One youth, attaya base owner at Calaba Town, called Bailor Bah called this two-project an eye opener. He furthered that this project has change the mindset of young people who are normally used as violence tools by politicians to realize that there is no benefit in hatred and violence but peace will forge Salone ahead and benefit us all