The Programme Manager of the Attitudinal and Behavioural Change (ABC) Secretariat, Mr. Ishmil Cole has heaped praises on the Sierra Leonean Community in Arizona, United State of America over donation made by the organization to Ebola orphans that worth millions of Leones on Saturday 25th June, 2016 at the Rokel Village Community.
The group donated fifty bags of rice, and school items including backpack, books, pens, and some cash for the sewing of uniforms to seventy five (75) Ebola school going orphans from John Top, Devil Hole, Jui and parts of Waterloo in the Western Area.
During the donation ceremony, the Program Manager of the ABC Secretariat thanked the donors for what he described as a ‘laudable humanitarian gesture’ emphasising that though condition of living is constraint in some places yet they have decided to reach the less privilege. This he said, is worth commending.
Mr. Cole noted that these children are the future faces of Sierra Leone, and that they deserve to be treated well. ”Orphans in the holy books are people that should be cared for because of their predicament” he stressed. He called on other Sierra Leoneans to emulate the effort of the Sierra Leone Arizona Community, asserting that by doing so Sierra Leone will grow as a nation.
Mr. Cole noted that the world at large knows the state at which the Ebola ravaged the Country, costing the lives of thousands of Sierra Leoneans and leaving many families shattered. He encouraged the guardians of the orphans to train them up as good citizens with the right attitude and behaviour as they have a role to play in the Country when they shall have grown up.
The Chairman of the Sierra Leonean Community in Arizona-USA, Mr. Minkailu A.M. Kamara (who made the donation on behalf of his organization) expressed grief for those that lost their lives during the Ebola war and thanked the Government and its partners that stood firmly to end the spread of the virus in the Country.
Mr. Kamara revealed that his organization decided to make the donation because of its empathy for children. “These children are in a very sad situation, I am asking their guardians to take great care of them,” he appealed, calling on members of the different communities to treat the Ebola orphans as their children because these children now rely heavily on members of the community for assistance and guidance. He admonished the children to pay great attention to their education as they are the potential futures of Sierra Leone.
He disclosed that the donation is not much, but assured them that when he returned to the USA he will further informed his colleagues about the seriousness of their plight thereby seeking more help for the children.
The head woman for the Rokel Community, Madam Beatrice Iyamide Langley thanked members of the Sierra Leonean Arizona Community for such a philanthropist move. ”This is a great relief for these Ebola orphans and their guardians” she revealed, stressing that everyone would be happy for such donation especially when things are hard in the Country these days.
She told the organization that her village is one of the worst areas that suffered from the Ebola virus, disclosing that John Top which is a small community in the village lost forty two people, adding that most of those that died left children behind them.
Mammy Fatu Conteh, one of the guardians that lost seven of her children leaving five grandchildren with her at the John Top Community expressed delight for receiving the donated items from the organization. She revealed that things are really not easy with her and her five grandchildren.
The old woman thanked members of the organization, calling on the government and non-governmental organizations to be assisting them in taking care of the Ebola orphans. She explained that most of them do not have the resources to provide for the children which the victims left with them.
ABC COMMUNICATIONS UNIT