AUGUST 23, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
Christian Aid yesterday handed over cooking items worth millions of Leones to an opposition lawmaker for onward transfer to Kailahun Women in Governance Network.
According to Christian Aid Senior Porgramme Officer for Governance, Joseph Ayamga, the donation of bags of rice, onions, gallons of oil, cartoons of cooking salts and packets of maggi was in response to a request by the Network to Country Manager Jeanne Kamara, for livelihood needs support, which coupled with other challenges, have been exacerbated by the outbreak of Ebola.
Ayamga said that because of lack of funds and the fact that most of their support to partners come in the form of grants, he was charged with the responsibility to rally round staff of the organization, friends and other organizations, to help raise the fund.
“The items we are donating today were made possible through contributions from our staff and that of ENCISS and our friends. We are presenting 20 bags of rice, 25 gallons of oil, four cartoons of cooking salts and ten packets of maggi,” he said.
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He stated that the Network comprise over 5,000 women in Kailahun who have been together since 2008 to fight against gender equality and advocate for the economic empowerment of women.
Christian Aid’s Country Manager, Jeanne Kamara had this to say: “We can be able to contribute the little we have in Sierra Leone out of our own resources to support the women of Kailahun.”
Also speaking, the organization’s Business Systems Manager, Helen Kamara, expressed delight, on behalf of her colleagues, to have contributed to the upgrade of the livelihoods of women in Kailahun district, adding, “It is a fruitful endeavour because it will go a long way in helping the suffering families, especially that of the survivors in Kailahun [district].”
Receiving the items, Hon Mustapha Brima expressed his thanks and appreciation to those who contributed to the enhancement of the livelihood of KWiGN as according to him, farming is one of their major economic activities in the district but it has been taken aback by the Ebola outbreak.
“The donation is not only time but very vital at this particular time when the people are badly in need of help,” he said.
Contributors to the gesture include; ActionAid, Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), IBIS and ENCISS among others.