AUGUST 26, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
The Flaming Evangelical Ministries and Destiny Shipping Agencies have joined forces together to help the government and other partners in the fight to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus which continues to ravage the nation and has killed over 300 Sierra Leoneans.
The two institutions yesterday announced at a press conference held at the Flaming Church’s conference room that they will be spending the sum of Le100 million to help address the problems posed by Ebola from various fronts.
In his statement, the General Overseer of the Flaming Evangelical Ministries, Bishop Frederick Abu Koroma, disclosed that the said amount will be used to purchase 200 bags of rice to assist Ebola victims in Kenema and Kailahun, and 200 buckets with taps to be distributed with sanitizers to help combat the spread of the disease.
He said they will also be sponsoring the administration of some experimental drugs to help those who are already quarantined, adding that part of the money will also be used to provide financial assistance to family members of medical staff who died during the process of trying to save the lives of Ebola infected persons, as well as providing food to people in homes currently being quarantined in Freetown.
“As a church, this act of magnanimity is just a reflection of the life and character of Jesus Christ. The gesture we are making today comes from the offerings of our faithful congregation whom we have taught of the art of self sacrifice in giving,” Bishop Koroma told journalists.
According to the man of God, the rationale behind their intervention is to complement the government’s effort to address “the social menace that has eaten up the very fabric of the nation and brought unprecedented stigma”. He concluded by encouraging other churches and non-governmental organizations to come onboard to help the government in eradicating the deadly Ebola disease from the country.
Also, Chief Executive Officer of Destiny Shipping Agencies, Rev. Cornelius Max-Williams, noted that the dreadful Ebola virus is not only killing the body but also the minds of the people, noting: “The minds of our people have been so eaten up to the extent that they are not only dying of the virus but also in fear of it.”
He sent out a message of courage to the “families and loved ones of those brave nurses and doctors” who lost their lives in the course of trying to save the lives of those infected with the Ebola virus.
“The fight against Ebola is in the mind of our father in the Lord, Bishop Abu Koroma and it is to this cause that we, Destiny Shipping Agencies, are partnering with him to support the President and the people in this fight. We believe that the God almighty will have mercy upon Sierra Leone and heal her of Ebola and thereby prospering our nation,” he prayed.
The Deputy Minister II of Health and Sanitation, Foday Sawi, on behalf of the government, thanked the two institutions for the gesture, describing it as practical, timely and relevant in the Ebola fight.
He pointed out that the continuous spread of the disease is restricting the traveling of Sierra Leoneans to other countries and also serving as a barrier for the country.
Statements were also made by the Mayor of the Freetown City Council (FCC), Franklyn Bode Gibson, Hon. Michelle Sho-Sawyerr and Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai, who urged other churches and mosques to give their own support to the fight.