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Young philanthropist reaches out to Ebola orphans

NOVEMBER 24, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie

Aminata Benk Sankoh last Saturday (22 November) donated bags of rice, bundles of water, bails of used clothing, milk, Ovaltine cocoa powder, sugar, laundry and bathing soap and baseball caps to the Heaven Homes orphanage, located in Joe Town Fellow Farm in Waterloo.

The daughter of former Editor of Concord Times, Osman Benk Sankoh, celebrated her 10th birthday in a unique way by distributing food items to Ebola orphans. She told inmates at the orphanage that she decided to donate to them on her birthday not because her family is rich, but for love and care.

“I decided not to celebrate my birthday with those that have money, but children that have suffered from the Ebola outbreak. I have a heart of sorrow and love for all of you. This donation is not to brag that I am coming from a rich family,” she said.

She advised her colleagues to be aware of the deadly virus, which has claimed the lives of over one thousand Sierra Leoneans, including children, and to always wash their hands with soap and water or chlorine to prevent against contracting the virus.

Also speaking, mother of the celebrant, Sia Alhassan-Kabia, stated that the Ebola virus disease is currently raving the country and the sub-region, adding, “The situation we find ourselves is not easy. Our children are staying at home because we are afraid for them not to touch those suspected of carrying the virus.”

She lamented the closure of schoolsand the fact that children might stay at home until the New Year, thus missing a term of the academic year.

Receiving the items, Head of the Orphanage, Hannah G. Kanu, expressed thanks and appreciation to Aminata Benk Sankoh and her family for the gesture and disclosed that she is currently taking care of thirty-six children who are directly affected by the Ebola virus disease.

Statement was also made by the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai-Atilla, who also thanked the Sankoh family for complementing government’s effort in providing food for Ebola orphans.

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