September 19, 2017 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
A Sierra Leonean philanthropist residing in Norway, Alton Bendu over the weekend donated one thousand bags of rice to resettlement camps for the feeding of children displaced and orphaned by the August 14, 2017 flooding and mudslide disaster.
Don Bosco Fambul, which opened its humanitarian doors to hundreds of children, who lost their parents in the disaster, was one of the identified recipients of the rice.
During the donation ceremony, daughter of Alton Bendu, Mariatu Bendu, said his father has been giving support during trying times like the disaster of August 14.
“During the Ebola scourge, my father shipped home a forty-foot container of PPEs and other medical supplies to help create firewalls against the spread of the disease. That also coincided with his project to support quarantined homes with over three thousand bags of rice. All this and a long list of many more will help explain how much this man has been identifying with the situation of the country and its people,” she said.
Receiving the gesture, Administrator at Don Bosco Fambul, Fr. Jose Valiplackel, thanked Alton Bendu for his decision to help children and women in need. He promised that the donation will be used in the right way as it was timely.
With a chorus of approval, the children thanked Alton Bendu in the manner in which they could, swerving over the bags of rice in fulfillment of a new hope.
Also, Coordinator Pillar Lead of the Office of National Security (ONS) at Juba, Philomina Isatu Turay, thanked the Bendu family for the selfless gesture, adding that at a time like this, government alone cannot provide all that is needed for survivors need at a go.
“People like you have really helped salvage the situation by making us happy. The donation will help to rebuild the hopes of those who survived the crashing blows of the mudslide and flooding. You have shown us that in Sierra Leone, we are all one family,” she remarked.
In addition to the donations made at Don Bosco Fambul and Juba flood camp, over three hundred people, who were indirectly affected by the disaster benefited from the rice donation.
With appeals for baby foods and clothing going wild, the Sierra Leonean philanthropist has promised to come in again to meet such pleas in due course.
Within a month since the launch of this rice project, Alton Bendu was able to garner resources through the kind gesture of Atea AS, Erna and Knut Eng Children’s Foundation, Jacan AS, Lions Snaroya, Lions Rustad, Eikeli Senior Secondary School, and his family members including friends and individuals that showed up in their own little ways.