January 15, 2018 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
The Sierra Leone Chamber for Agribusiness Development (SLeCAD ), in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs (MSWGCA), Friday (12th January) donated nearly twenty million Leones worth of food items to victims of last August’s mudslides and flood disaster.
The donation was done at the Gbangbanyilla Phase 2 community, Hill Station, west of Freetown.
Presenting the donation, a representative from MSWGCA, Fatmata Ansumana said through SLeCAD and partners, the ministry jointly decided to assist the August 14th disaster survivors, adding that the said items would serve as consolation to them.
She thanked SLeCAD and partners for the donation, stating that the rice, palm oil, and porridge were all Sierra Leonean products and are safe for consumption.
Executive Secretary of SLeCAD, Ahmed Nanoh, said the donation was part of the organisation’s new year gift to the people, adding that with support from their partners, Sierra Leone Producing Marketing Company (SLPMC) and FINIC, they provided the victims with high quality per-boiled rice and palm oil.
“The donated items include 40 bags (25kg) Sierra Rice, 100 Sierra Red Palm oil (5litres), 325 easy FINIC paps.”
He said the food items were of high quality, produced by Sierra Leonean industries, adding that as a private sector body they took the onus to help, hence partnered with the Ministry of Social Welfare, who helped in identifying the victims.
“SLeCAD’s primary motive is working with government and development partners to improve industrialisation in the country, to add value through processing and packaging,” Nanoh said.
Chief Pa Alimamy Sesay, a resident of the community, expressed thanks and appreciation to SLeCAD and MSWGCA for the gesture.
He said his community was seriously constrained and needed lot of amenities, including water.
Chairman of the community, Saidu Mustapha Kanja, also expressed thanks and appreciation, stating that the donation came at a right time – in January – when things are hard, adding that they pray more donations would come from other people as things are hard for them after the twin disasters.
One of the beneficiaries, Musa Samura, thanked SLeCAD and MSWGCA for the donation.