November 22, 2017 By Ransford Felix &Elizabeth A. Kaine
Director of Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown, Father George Crisafulli, has said in an exclusive interview with Concord Times yesterday that by 15 December, the organisation would release over 100 victims, mostly children, lactating mothers and pregnant women from their care.
The Director stated that they have played their part by providing humanitarian support to victims of the August 14 mudslide and flood disaster. “We have played our part to respond to the emergency and it is time to release the affected victims,” he said.
He revealed that Don Bosco will give victims an exit package to start life outside the camp, adding that the package will greatly help improve their lives and serve as a starter.
However, he noted that the said package will not have any financial support but foodstuffs, clothing, etc., as it is the responsibility of government to provide financial support and housing for them.
“Since the mudslide incident, we have been giving them psycho-social support, spiritual support, accommodation, feeding and emergency. We now need to release them,” he said.
He revealed that government had promised to give financial package to child victims via Orange Money transfer but that they were yet to receive anything, adding that such support would help victims with money to rent houses and start small scale businesses that will enhance their livelihood.
The Roman Catholic priest also said that families of children orphaned by the incident will be traced and re-united with the latter.
“Those who cannot be traced, Don Bosco will take care of them. Foster parents who want to take any child for adoption must do so through the Ministry Of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs,” he said.
He added that the ministry would examine whether the adopting family is capable of taking care of any child before handing them over.