June 14, 2017 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara
Organization For Inclusive Development (OFID, has donated food and none food items to Mustard Seed Orphanage in Moyamba, valued over Le20 million.
The donation, which took place on Monday (12 June 2017), at the Mustard Seed home, attracted representatives from Ministry of Social Welfare, Action Aid, Moyamba District Council and Mustard Seed officials.
The Programme Manager of OFID, Abu Bakarr Swaray, said his organisation was a local Non-Governmental Organisation working with Action Aid to render support to under-privileged and marginalized persons in communities within the district.
He said thirty-two different items were donated to the home and that they were of the view that children in that home needed help.
“We donated thirty-two different items, ranging from food items, toiletries to educational materials. We came to their aid to let them know that they are part of the society. We will continue to help them,” he said.
The Programme Manager said the donation was to motivate other NGOs to help the home as the orphanage was lacking some facilities.
The Social Service Officer in Moyamba, John C. Musa, expressed gratitude to OFID for the donation and admitted that Social Welfare couldn’t do everything for orphanages.
He said they were looking forward to seeing more institutions helping the most vulnerable children, as Moyamba was one of the most deprived and remote district in Sierra Leone.
Earlier, founder of the Mustard Seed home, madam Debora Freeman, stated that the Home was founded in 1998 with about ten children.
She noted that after the war, they were many children roaming the street of Moyamba, without caring which pushed her to sell her properties in order to take care of the children.
The 86-year-old said most of the children were one day old when they were taken to the home and today some of them were now in colleges.
“For many children you see around, this is the only place they have ever known as their home. One of these children was picked out in the toilet. It is not easy to take care of children at that age but with God everything is possible,” she said.
Manager for Mustard Seed Foundation, Skynie Caulker, said they currently host twenty-nine children at the home and most of them are nursed to university level.
She said the Home has about eight caregivers that were God fearing persons.