Chinese Ambassador’s wife donates to Ebola orphans
June 4, 2015 By Hassan Gbassay Koroma
Wife of the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone Monday, 1 June donated food and non-food items, including school materials worth over three thousand United States dollars, to Ebola orphans at Sierra Leone National Scouts Camp in Grafton as part of celebrations to mark International Children’s Day.
Addressing the children at the camp, Madam Mao Xuehong said International Children’s Day is observed worldwide each year on 1 June. She said it is a day that the world examines the well-being of children around the world, thus her reason to celebrate with Ebola orphans at the camp and to remind them that they were not left out on such an important day for children in the world.
Madam Xuehong said although everybody was aware of the Ebola outbreak in the country, the day was celebrated because it is important to children around the world. She said that people must join them celebrate the day because as orphans they needed to feel belonged, and that all was not lost.
She disclosed that sometime in November 2014 she visited the camp together with her husband and met with the children, adding that her recent visit was to let the children know people care for them.
Receiving the donations, Personal Assistant to the Chief Commissioner of Scout, Abdul Karim Kamara, said special thanks to the wife of the Chinese envoy and her entourage. He said they appreciate the fact that Madam Xuehong remembered orphans at the camp and decided to celebrate International Day of Children with them, as well as make a handsome donation.
He said the camp was grappling with a lot of challenges as some of the inmates are Ebola orphans while others are survivors from acutely deprived homes whom they picked from the street and placed in the camp to attend school.
“Madam, we appreciate your visit and you have today shown us that you are indeed a mother that does really care for the welfare of children. And on behalf of the Sierra Leone National Scout and the children in this camp, we want to say we appreciate your visit and donation,” he said.
He called on other organization to come to the aid of the children as they could be better people in future and contribute meaningfully to the development of society.
He reechoed an appeal they had made to the Chinese Ambassador and wife during their first visit in January this year to link them with scouts in China so that they would exchange ideas. He said they have vast land for agriculture but lack the wherewithal to cultivate the land.
International Children’s Day is observed on 1 June after the World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland proclaimed the day in 1925. After the conference, different governments around the world decided to declare the day as Children’s Day to draw attention to children’s issues.