March 2, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
In a bid to help the government in the fight against Ebola, the Tunde Macarthy (TUMAC) Development Foundation over the weekend donated school materials together with cash to two hundred Ebola affected primary school children in the Western Area Urban.
Making his keynote address, the General Manager of TUMAC Group of Companies, Musa Kamara, stated that the donation of school items to Ebola affected school children is a way to help the government in their effort to re-opening schools after the Ebola disease has left many children orphan.
He said they are targeting two hundred Ebola affected school children in different communities, adding that the donation will go to the direct beneficiaries.
He therefore called on the beneficiaries to take good care of the items and also advised them to always listen to the school teaching program on radio till the re-opening of schools.
Giving an overview of the foundation, Operation Manager of TUMAC Radio, Samuel Jocko Browne stated that the owner of the foundation, Mohamed Tunde Macarthy, is a Sierra Leonean medical doctor based in the United States of America, who also own a medical school in the U.S.
He said the founder has invested in various areas in the country including security, primary estate development, construction and insurance among others, and that Macarthy had taught it fit to have the TUMAC Development Foundation which he has been using to help different sets of people across the country.
Representative from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Victoria Sandi, thanked the foundation “for such a wonderful gesture”, adding that since the outbreak of the Ebola virus, many children lost both parents.
She said some of these children have been marginalized by their relatives and communities, noting that with support from the foundation they as a ministry will make sure that these children go back to school.
She also called on well-wishers to help the children with their academia, noting that according to UNICEF, five million children and youths will not be able to attend school this year.
One of the beneficiaries, Binta Jalloh, thanked the foundation for the support, saying the Ebola fight is an endless fight as the disease has rendered many children homeless and also communities have been shattered.
She said in the face of this calamity anything is not loss, and therefore called on the government and well-wishers to concentrate on children to go back to school.
The donated items include pencils, rulers, books, school bags, vests, three pairs of sock each, sharpener, eraser and cash envelopes for shoes and uniforms.