Non Governmental Organisation, Coin a Child fed and presented clothing to over 500 children at the Big Wharf community in Freetown on Easter Monday.
It can be recalled that on 24th March 2021, fire devastated the Big Wharf community, leaving children in particular in a precarious situation.
As a way of giving hope to the children, Coin a Child founder Mariama Kamara disclosed to this medium that her organisation mainly went to Big Wharf to sympathise with the kids and give them hope, despite what had happened to them.
She said as an organisation they have existed for seven years going to different communities rendering help to needy kids, adding that though they do a feeding programme twice a year, on Christmas and Easter day, this year they deemed it prudent to spend it with the children of Big Wharf because of the fire disaster that affected them.
She further preached the words of hope to the children, adding that God cares for them, will not leave them in such a situation, and will eventually make them realise their dreams. “We didn’t only bring good food for them but also came along with clothing for and also shared with them the resurrection of Christ.”
She admitted that Big Wharf isn’t the only vulnerable community in Freetown, citing other communities they have reached out to, including but not limited to Bomeh, Kroo Bay and Thompson Bay.
The founder added that the items and food cost huge sums of money, disclosing; “Our target today is to feed 600 vulnerable children, but we catered for 800 children.”
According to Coin a Child Programme Coordinator Audrey Vincent, “Feeding those children means a lot to us; since we came on the ground, we saw the need for helping these kids.”
She said they have been helping the vulnerable including for their education, but that it was their first time visiting Big Wharf, further assuring that they will continue to visit other such communities to support children.
A mother of one of the kids, Fatmata Sesay, appreciated the NGO’s effort saying, “I am very happy for the food and items provided to my son from this organisation. They are really nice.”
She called on government and non-governmental organisations to help fix their structures “as we approach the raining season.”
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