Welcome to the KDDA UK Website
We the descendants of the Kono District of Sierra Leone residing in the United Kingdom find it necessary to unite and discuss together common strategies for finding solutions to our diverse problems. The best way to facilitate our working together is within a social structure like the Kono District Development Association, United Kingdom (KDDA UK).
“Sustainable development programmes in Kono District and UK and togetherness within the Kono Descendants’ communities”
“Together the descendants of Kono will make Kono a better place to live”
Values are not only created through people; they are co-created through people inspired by a common purpose. The KDDA UK aspires to earn respect, be a Leading organisation of aspirations and be valued in the execution of its excellence drive to deliver outstanding functions/duties and demonstrate best practice as a charity and as a public organisation.
The Core values of the organisation as listed below will influence the performance of our role as a charity:
- Independent: We will maintain independence in our decision-making within our communities, acting respectfully without fear or favour, in the public interest.
- Accountable: We will be proactive in achieving our mission and accountable to all our stakeholders, which will include involving others on a continuous and appropriate basis and taking responsibility for our decision- making.
- Togetherness: We will reach out and engage and unite with our communities, working as caring, respectful to all our stakeholders with fairness, with consistency and clarity in everything we do.
- Respect: We strive to be respectful and kind: Working to make giving simpler and fair for everyone.
- Impartial and Inclusive: We will exercise our powers and discretions in a way, which is non-partisan, politically neutral and even-handed.
- Transparent: We will communicate with and listen to our stakeholders/ beneficiaries; and be wise in our use of funds and be clear about our actions, intentions and expectations.
- Civil Society: The KDDAUK believes that only strengthened civil society organisations can enable the long-term strong sustainable development that is beneficial to local communities and which government and international development actors should aim for.
- Human Rights: We will promote human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent United Nations conventions and declarations.
- Selflessness: We will work 90% for others, not only ourselves; we will put aside our selfish interests/ego’s for the greater good.
- Caring: We will work to prevent hard-heartedness, bad-heart or neglect; we will have compassion whilst caring for others.
- Family: We create a shared positive vision to help us know what we are moving towards instead of what we are moving away from and to inspire the youths, help reduce poverty, improve the well-being of families, promote gender equality and uphold human rights. Each member of the Charity must have an equal voice, and that voice should be heard and respected.
- Equality: We will work to prevent dictatorship or over-powerful/over-dominant executive, ensuring equal opportunities and equal access to services of members and beneficiaries regardless of age or status, assisting those less able to access and participate to do so by making extra effort for them.
- Fairness: We will ensure everyone receives a fair hearing at meetings, during decision-making and tribunals. Everyone’s opinion is equal based on merit not position, and decisions will be made based on evidence and on KDDA UK’s values and priorities; discrimination and preferential treatment will not be tolerated.
- Democracy: We will work to prevent dictatorship, over-powerful or over-dominant executive. Power belongs with the members, governance by the members, and full participation of members and beneficiaries in decision-making will be encouraged.
- Learning: We aim to combat stagnation, inertia and ineffectiveness. KDDAUK trustees have gradually bought in to becoming a ‘learning organisation’ one that facilitates the learning of its members and continuously transforms itself.
- Ethics: A belief that ethics plays a part in our daily activities and behaviour, to prevent cold, hard and value-free decision-making and unethical internal practises; we believe in doing the morally right thing.
- Commitment: we keep on going with aspirations for the future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems in the community.
- Delivery: KDDAUK is no longer just a talking shop; we believe in delivering actual sustainable development projects, delivering impact on our beneficiaries and strong advocacy on their behalf, a strong sense of accountability and a moral duty to deliver on our promises.
The charity’s objectives are:
- To implement projects and community services in the Kono District of Sierra Leone; for the relief of poverty, the advancement of education, reduction of social disadvantage and exclusion, the advancement of civil society participation and the advancement of Kono culture, traditions and customs.
- To assist in capacity building of, and provision of resources to; community organisations in Sierra Leone that benefit the Kono District, the Descendants of the Kono District and the Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone.
- To promote good governance, accountability, transparency and best practise in the Kono District of Sierra Leone.
- To promote the responsible and sustainable development of the Kono District, the peoples and communities of the Kono District and the Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone, and work in partnership with community organisations, NGO’s, charities and other agencies towards this objective.
- To raise awareness, advocate on behalf of, and campaign for; the Human Rights, minority rights, community rights, and rights to their natural resources of; the peoples and communities of the Kono District and Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone.
- To preserve the ecology and natural resources of the Kono District of Sierra Leone.
- To implement projects and community services in the UK to benefit the Descendants of the Kono District and Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone present or residing in the UK for the relief of poverty, the advancement of education, reduction of social disadvantage and exclusion, and the advancement of their culture, traditions and customs.
- To assist Descendants of the Kono District and Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone present, residing in or in transit through the UK with advocacy, information, advice and signposting to resources and assistance.
- To preserve, promote and teach the language, traditions, culture, history and knowledge of the Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone.
- To provide forums for discussions, seminars, teaching and learning, community and social events in the UK pertaining to the Kono District and Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone.
- To assist academics, individuals, news or other agencies; with reliable research and information on the Kono District and Kono Tribe of Sierra Leone.
- To establish UK regional committees of the charity to further the charities objects throughout the UK.
- To promote under 18s civil society participation, inclusion and citizenship and establish an under 18s youth council, youth groups and youth projects in the UK and Sierra Leone.
ABOUT US (OUR BACKGROUND)
Map of Kono District