January 30, 2015 By Francis Ndanema in Moyamba
Street Child Sierra Leone has donated food and non-food items to 90 Ebola orphans in the Moyamba District in response to calls to provide support to child victims of the deadly outbreak.
Ebola orphans are among victims of the outbreak the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and humanitarian organizations say need urgent help as most have lost at least a parent during the outbreak.
Child rights activists say the future of these children would be bleak if they are not cared for, especially by child-focused organizations.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Project Coordinator of Street Child in Moyamba, Brima Farma, empathized with the orphans and beseeched them to be consoled and praise God for being alive.
He called on caretakers to use the donation wisely, and to ensure the children develop into normal teenagers despite having lost at least one of their biological parents to the deadly Ebola.
He revealed that his organization would be providing financial grants to caretakers to support their businesses which will help pay fees for the orphans and buy them school materials.
16-year-old Fatmata Kargbo said they were very happy for the donation, as it will help console them immensely.
She called on other organizations to emulate Street Child by supporting their education and wellbeing.