April 9, 2019
By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
Save The Children International, in collaboration with Office of National Security (ONS) has yesterday donated household kits, school materials for children under five, and other items to about 385 fire disaster victims at the Kroo Bay Community in Freetown.
Speaking during the donation, John .V. Rogers, Director of Disaster Management at ONS, said when the fire disaster broke out, they were very swift to come on the ground and did a joint assessment, together with other partners to support the community.
He stated that within 24hrs, ONS was able to address the challenges the Kroo Bay people were faced with, adding that since then they have been working with the community all through out.
‘’We have held several coordination meetings at ONS and other meetings to ensure that most of the critical things that are very important to the community from livelihood, shelter and educational materials that have impacted on their lives be regained,’’ he said, adding that they did a gap assessment which showed impact on School children during the fire disaster and thus the reason for the donation.
He further said the ONS has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Save The Children, and that they were there to donate to those kids that were affected by the fire disaster.
The ONS disaster boss further said that government has rolled out the Free Quality Education, and that all institutions including Save The Children have been complementing the work of government in that direction.
He urged parents to use the donated items judiciously for children and encourage them to go to school.
Francis M’bayo, International Controls Manager, Save The Children International, said they as an organization, they care so much for children and that they were at Kroo Bay to complement the work of government and to see how they could support victims of the fire disaster.
“We know that it is not easy. We know that you felt it.We will not be able to do everything but as an organization , we have looked at the gaps just as how the director said- to see how best we can support especially children who are the most vulnerable,’’ he said.
He added that they found out that about two thousand people that were affected, 1,700 of them were children, hence supported them with school materials.
He said they have decided to support the Kroo Bay Community with household materials and school materials for children.
“We have given support to other areas in Pujehun district. We also supported people at Susan’s Bay, and we want to say thank you for your cooperation because you control yourselves very well,’’ he said.
He concluded that they do not stopped at just supporting with school and household materials to victims; they also provided psychosocial support through their partner- Rainbow Initiative, adding that they also provided protection for children in the country.
Councillor of Ward 431, Councillor Murray Allie Conteh,thanked ONS, Save The Children and other partners for coming to the aid of his community, adding that the love and help they have shown them was immeasurable.
He said Save The Children has been very instrumental to the development of his community, having provided toilet facilities and constructed their community Hospital.
Chief Kroo Bay Community, Pa Alimamy Kamara, in his brief statement thanked Save The Children and ONS for their relentless effort in helping his community.