January 28, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
In a bid to complement government’s efforts in providing succour to Ebola victims, the Ibrahim Kelly Foundation and friends of Ibrahim Kelly last weekend donated food and non-food items to over 16 quarantined homes and hospitals in the Kaffu Bullom and Lokomasama chiefdoms in the Port Loko District.
Speaking during the donation ceremony, Public Relations Officer of the foundation, Dauda Bangura, revealed that the donated items cost Le13 million, adding that the items would help sustain lives in quarantined homes in the two chiefdoms.
He said the donation was coming from a son of the soil and that they have been receiving support from Mr. Kelly, founder of the foundation, to embark on sensitizing and cleaning the two chiefdoms.
Bangura said the two chiefdoms are hotspots in the Port Loko District, which has over 500 quarantined residents with insufficient food supply.
He noted that since the start of the outbreak, the foundation has been helping affected families with food and non-food items, adding that Mr. Kelly plans to do more for the people of Kaffu Bullom and Lokomasama.
While receiving the items, one of the beneficiaries, Mohamed Turay, said they had spent over 16 days in quarantine without food supply from government. “We are only managing some foodstuff that we plant at the back of our house,” he said.
Turay thanked the foundation for their magnanimity and called on international and local humanitarian organizations to help with more food supply to quarantined homes in the two chiefdoms.
Both paramount chiefs of Lokomasama and Kaffu Bullom chiefdoms thanked the Ibrahim Kelly Foundation for always rendering support to their respective chiefdoms.
The donated food and non-food items include: chlorine, rice, tins of tomato, bundles of sachet water, cooking oil, maggi, onions, sanitary pads, and sardines, among others.