January 20, 2015
Women of Wonders (WOW), a group of young inspirational Sierra Leonean ladies, on Sunday fed and donated food and non-food items to Ebola orphans at the St. George’s Foundation orphanage at Grafton village in the outskirts of Freetown.
The donated items include rice, sugar, quicker oats, tins of milk, boxes of tealeaf, biscuits, tooth paste, soap, and menstrual pads.
The donation was the second being made to the orphanage by WOW since the outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country some eight months ago.
One of the members of the organisation, Ms. Marina Terry, who was celebrating her birthday, used the occasion to distribute gifts to the kids and also have breakfast with them.
Josephine Kamara, Secretary of WOW, said both the Bible and Quran talk about giving and that as young people who care about the wellbeing of children, they saw it as an obligation to provide food and non-food items especially to children who have lost their parents to the dreaded Ebola virus.
She said the donated items would enable the management of the orphanage to be providing daily breakfast for the kids.
In her brief statement, birthday celebrant Marina Terry said orphans need to be cared for so that they won’t become a menace to society.
“These kids no long have parents, so it behooves us as patriotic Sierra Leoneans to care for them so that they too would become useful citizens that will contribute positively to the development of the nation,” said Ms. Terry, a reporter and TV presenter at Concept MultiMedia.
Another member, Ekuola Stevens, who works at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), encouraged young women to be focused and help push the country’s development forward.
“Let us play our part to help these kids grow to reach their full potentials,” she urged, adding that the donation was made possible through the support of the Executive Chairperson of EPA, Madam Hadijatou Jallow. “WOW will not only stop at making donations to the kids, we’ll be coming once in a while to provide them guidance and counsel.”
In his words of support to the group and the children, CEO of SaloneJamboree, Murtala Mohamed Kamara, called on other young ladies to follow the fine example of WOW by reaching out to vulnerable children across the country.
“Your beginning doesn’t always matter in life but your ending. We all have a responsibility to help these children grow up to become better citizens. So I thank WOW for this wonderful gesture, and I hope you’ll continue to be an inspiration to young people across the country,” said Kamara.
The center manager, Alimamy F. Turay, thanked the group for the donation, while the vote of thanks was delivered by Mariama Jabbie, an Ebola orphan.