December 14, 2017 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
As a way of giving parental care and hope to Ebola orphans in the country, Orange Telecom, one of the leading GSM providers in Sierra Leone, yesterday joined Ebola orphans at the Freetown Amusement Park.
At the height of the Ebola Virus Disease, which claimed the lives of thousands and orphaned millions of children between 2014 to 2016, the government of Sierra Leone called on well-meaning organisations to come to the aid of children orphaned by the epidemic and help give them attain a better future.
Airtel Sierra Leone, now Orange Telecoms, was the first company to respond to the call by adopting fifty (50) Ebola-affected orphans in November 2015, who they entrusted in the care of Save Our Soul (SOS) and promised to provide for their care and maintenance, including education onto university level.
Speaking yesterday at the Freetown Amusement Park, Orange Public Relation and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, June-Rose Johnson said they have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs for the adoption of fifty Ebola orphans.
She assured the children that the change of name from Airtel to Orange would not affect their adoption as they are going to continue to support them.
National Director of SOS Children’s Village, Prince A. Cummings, thanked Orange Telecom for their excellent partnership, support and restoring hope to the fifty orphans.
He disclosed that the village takes care of over 700 hundred children in Sierra Leone and that Orange is the only company they are partnered with in Sierra Leone.
Chief Executive Officer of Orange Telecom Sierra Leone, Sekou Drame gave his fullest endorsement of the partnership with SOS to take care of the fifty adopted orphans.
He assured that because of love they have for children they are going to continue to support them as they had promised, and called on other organisations both -national and international – to also lend support to other orphans in the village.