March 31, 2015 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
A leading child protection agency in the country, Street Child Sierra Leone, has partnered with the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs and Amigos De Sierra Leona based in Madrid, Spain to provide food and non-food items worth millions of Leones to some 1,000 Ebola orphans during the just concluded three days ‘stay-at-home’ zero Ebola campaign.
The package provided to each child in a family includes 5 kilograms of rice, sugar, shoes, cloths and biscuits.
Speaking at a presentation ceremony held at one of their centers in Kissy, Freetown, Street Child’s Country Director, Emmanuel Kelfa Kargbo, said they decided to provide support during the ‘stay-at-home’ zero Ebola campaign because not all children can afford food.
He implored the beneficiaries not to sell the items provided to them as he assured of more support.
Kargbo disclosed that to ensure that children, especially those affected by the Ebola disease, realise their dream of going back to school, they would be distributing educational materials, including bags, uniforms and books to 20,000 children across the country.
Representative of Amigos De Sierra Leona, Mohamed Bangura, stated that they decided to partner with Street Child in reaching out to Ebola orphans and street children with food items because of their outstanding record in child protection work.
“Because we know what our brothers and sisters are going through since the Ebola outbreak started in May 2014, we decided to lobby and get funds to buy these food items for those affected by the virus,” said Bangura, as he assured that they would continue to provide support to the Ebola orphans.
A local chief in the Kissy community, Pa Alimamy Sama Sesay and Chairman of the Child Welfare Committee, Melbourne Greene, were both full of praise for Street Child and their partner in Spain for the food provided.
He urged beneficiaries that the items are meant to eat and not for sale.