CONYOPA -- Concerned Youth for Peace -- Sierra Leone

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Activities | | Accomplishment/Achievements
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About

Concerned Youths for Peace (CONYOPA) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical and nongovernmental organisation, registered with the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Sierra Leone. It was formed in January 1996 by young men and women who believe in the promotion of international co-operation and peaceful solutions of conflicts.

Motto

Unite for Peace.

Members of CONYOPA

Members of CONYOPA. (Click here for more CONYOPA photos!)

International Link

CONYOPA is an active, affiliated member of the International Peace Bureau (IPB) in Geneva, Switzerland, the world's oldest and most comprehensive peace federation with United Nations consultative status, that exists to serve the cause of peace by the promotion of complete and general disarmament.

Mission Statement

 Uniting the strength of individuals and organizations into a cohesive movement to make peace a practical reality for future generations.

Aim and Objectives

  • To work with other IPB groups, youth groups, government agencies, nongovernmental organisations and the IPB secretariat in promoting peace.
  • To campaign on peace issues and to contribute in making the world a safer place for mankind.
  • To educate young people on the importance of peace as a partner in development.

    Activities

  • Publishing materials on peace issues and youth development.
  • Sharing ideas, information, resources and establishing projects to develop youths.
  • Organizing workshops, seminars and conferences on peace issues.

    Accomplishments/Achievements

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    Sources of Funding

    Member contributions and patron donations.

    Constraints

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    Background

    Sierra Leone, a small country in the West African sub-region suffered ten years of brutal and unprovoked war that have affected innocent people. Young people were mainly involved and the youths of Sierra Leone have been neglected by successive governments for the past three decades. The war caused untold sufferings and hardships on the population, particularly women and children. Several thousands of innocent people have lost their lives unjustifiably, while others suffered amputation, rape and torture. Houses have been burnt down, rendering thousands of people homeless. Pregnant women had their stomachs butchered, split open with machetes. These are the major factors, that led to the foundation of CONYOPA in January 1996 and since then have been playing active roles in the search for lasting peace in Sierra Leone and other parts of the world.

    Contact Persons


    Concerned Youths for Peace (CONYOPA)
    c/o Mr. Peter O. Koroma, Coordinator
    Partners in Adult Education Coordinating Office (PADECO)
    Adult Education House
    90 Sanders Street
    Freetown, Sierra Leone
    Tel: 232-242-264
    Fax:232-241-620
    Email: Padeco@seirratel.si

    Francis Cauba Sesay, Coordinator
    12242 Laurel Glade Court, Apt 303
    Reston, VA 20912, USA
    Email: franciscs20@yahoo.com

    Brima Claudio Kamara, Consultant
    270 Hempstead Drive
    Somerset, NJ 08873, USA
    Tel: 732-745-4904 or 732-745-1143
    claudiofaye@hotmail.com

    Claudio Brima Kamara discusses CONYOPA with a United Nations official

    Claudio Brima Kamara discusses CONYOPA with a United Nations official. (Click here for more CONYOPA photos!)

    Related Web Links

    Sierra Leone Web:http://www.sierra-leone.org/
    Sierra Leone Government: http://www.sierra-leone.gov.sl/
    U.S. State Department Travel Information: http://travel.state.gov/sierra-leone.html
    Linking Sierra Leone: http://www.salonelive.com/
    The Hague Appeal for Peace: http://www.haguepeace.org/
    International Peace Bureau: http://www.ipb.org/index.html
    Africa Peace Cup: http://www.peacecup.org/

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    Last Updated September 16, 2003.