July 2, 2015 By Mohamed Massaquoi
A faith-based organization, Caritas Freetown, has donated cash of Le250,000 each and educational materials to 50 children who have been badly affected by the deadly Ebola disease in the country.
Executive Director of Caritas, Father Peter Konteh, on Saturday June 28 presented school packages including cash and cash vouchers to the Ebola orphans at slum communities in Cline Town, Camp No Strain, Yabundu, Culvert and Kanikay, among others.
Speaking to Concord Times, Father Konteh said a total of 50 children benefited from their main support, adding that the children were very much excited to have received the gesture from his organisation.
“Education is the key that unlocks all our dreams. I have just returned from Geneva where I did a presentation on best practices for caring for Ebola orphans,” he said. “All of you are very important in our development process today. I will urge you all to work hard to become good citizens. A good number of you have gone through difficult moments but with education you can make it.”
One of the beneficiaries, Amara Lamin Kamara, a Class 4 pupil, said he would like to be President in future and that can only be possible through education.
He described the donation as significant especially when their parents are struggling to provide basic amenities for them. He called on his colleagues to make good use of the opportunity and thanked Caritas for the support.
It could be recalled that since the outbreak of Ebola in the country, Caritas has been providing enormous support to individuals and institutions. Only recently, the organisation donated food and non-food items, including disposable face masks, disposable shoe covers, bouffant head covers, and hospital mattresses, among others.