Ebun James-DeKam

General Secretary of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL)

October 11, 2017

Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone

About the speaker

Ebun James-DeKam is the General Secretary of the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL) and has served in this capacity since 2011.  Prior to her current position she served as the Education Secretary for the Baptist Convention of Sierra Leone and as the Vice President of the Baptist Women in Sierra Leone.  Her experience includes managing an extensive Ebola response program focusing on community-based education and awareness-raising related to the prevention and containment of Ebola.  She has also managed a psycho-social training of Christian and Muslim religious leaders to help Ebola survivors overcome the trauma, stigmatization and shame of the disease.  She coordinated and facilitated the training of those who are now actively taking part in psychosocial work in their communities and working for NGOs like the Centre for the Victims of Torture (CVT) and Action for Children in Conflict (AFCIC).   She has trained religious leaders, secondary school and college students and teachers in conflict management, peace building and reconciliation.  Ebun holds a master's degree in education administration from the University of Sierra Leone.  She is a widow who remarried in 2010 and is the mother of 2 children, a son who is an engineer and a daughter who is a lawyer.

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