USSLA boosts Ebola patients & orphans


DECEMBER 15, 2014  By Ibrahim Tarawallie

As government and partners battle to contain the spread of the Ebola virus disease, the United States Sierra Leonean Association (USSLA) Friday (12 December) donated food items worth millions of Leones to Ebola orphans at Heaven’s Home Orphanage in Waterloo, and patients at the Hastings Ebola Treatment Center.

The items donated include thirty (30) bags of rice, fifteen (15) bags of sugar, onions, salt and gallons of oil.

While presenting the items on behalf of USSLA, Rubiatu Barrie said members of the organization were deeply sorry and disturbed by what is happening in Sierra Leone.

She said that following the start of the outbreak in May, the membership of USSLA realized that something had to be done to help victims, and that they set up a committee which kick-started a fund raising campaign and to research and better understand the disease that is ravaging the country.

She expressed hope that the donated items would be used for their intended purpose, while beseeching God’s intervention for the eradication of the deadly disease.

“We are donating these few items to register our solidarity in the fight to end this menace. We hope that this will help in one way or the other and we will continue the fund raising effort in this part of the world and will assure you that we’ll not forget you,” said Morlai B. Kamara, President and Executive Director of USSLA in a statement. “These are challenging times in our country and we will stand by you all the way until we celebrate the end of Ebola together.”

Receiving the items, Coordinator at Hastings Treatment Center, Dr. Santigie Sesay thanked members of USSLA for the gesture and assured that the items would be used for their intended purpose.

Dr. Sesay disclosed that the center has discharged over 300 patients since they commenced operation in September, and that the initial pressure they had has drastically reduced because of the establishment of more treatment centers across the country.

He called on Sierra Leoneans, especially members of USSLA, to seek divine protection for staff at the center as they would want to live and tell the story.

Also, head of Heaven’s Home Orphanage, Hannah Gbessay Kanu, thanked USSLA for their support, which she described as timely and important, adding: “We pray that God almighty replenish your pockets. We really appreciate this gesture. God will continue to bless you.”