NOVEMBER 10, 2014 By Mohamed Massaquoi
The Sierra Leone Centre Union (SLCU) based in the Netherlands, with support from the Waka Waka Foundation, has donated 1,000 portable solar lights to thirty-six organizations in Sierra Leone, including the House of Parliament.
The donation, according to SLCU officers, is to support the government and people of Sierra Leone in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus, especially in remote communities where health workers find it difficult to get access to electricity.
During the donation ceremony at the Civil Service Training College last week, chairman of the Federation of Civil Societies in Sierra Leone, Victor Lansana Koroma, thanked members of SLCU for their relentless efforts in giving support to Sierra Leoneans, adding that the donation was timely and significant towards the fight against Ebola.
He said for the past years they have been working with SLCU members to ensure that Sierra Leoneans in the Netherlands fully participate in the democratic process of the country.
“This organization is doing a lot in the areas of development, democracy and good governance. It is not a surprise to have received these items from them because they are always there for us,” he said.
“We are grateful for this donation today and hope that the Waka Waka Foundation will continue to give them the necessarily support. We will ensure that this donation reaches the actual beneficiaries, as civil society group, our utmost concern is to advocate for our people. Ebola is here and we need to put the appropriate mechanisms in place to fight the disease. We are happy that other organizations, including the government, are trying hard to fight against the pandemic. I am appealing to all Sierra Leone to adhere to the advice of health workers in fighting this virus.
SLCU representative, Abdul Kamara, said there is a desperate need for the right materials to treat Ebola patients and prevent the disease from spreading further. He said the ‘Waka Waka Lights’ would enable health personnel and aid workers to continue treatment and prevention work at night, noting that they are very much concerned that the donated items are not used for business purposes.
“We are doing this donation because we care for our people. We hope the lights will not be in the streets for sale. We are doing the distribution in collaboration with GIZ. This is because we want transparency and accountability in the entire process,” he said.
Majority Leader in the House of Parliament, Hon. Ibrahim Bundu, commended SLCU for their donation, stating that President Ernest Bai Koroma had called on every Sierra Leonean to work towards the fight against Ebola
“I want on behalf of government to thank you for this gesture. Indeed this is not a small undertaking in this fight. We hope the items will reach the rightful people,” Hon. Bundu said.