A Sierra Leonean philanthropist from the Sunny down medical centre Brooklyn USA, in collaboration with New Creation Ministry of USA, yesterday distributed used clothing, shoes, and bibles to the House of Jesus for the disabled at the Freetown bus station.
Speaking at the distribution ceremony the Freetown based coordinator, Brima T Sesay commonly known as DJ Britel, gave a brief history of the Emani SOS Fund which is geared towards empowering the needy to become self reliant through the support of their partners and individual contributors to help the needy and disabled.
The founder of the organisation, who also doubles as a nurse at neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Brooklyn New York USA, Ashmawo Bangurah said it all started in 2005 when she read an advertisement for a nursing conference organised by the Sierra Leone Nursing Association based in the USA to commemorate the nursing week celebration.
She noted that it was from that conference that she identified some of the problems faced by nurses in finding jobs or paying for school charges.
Madam Bangurah added that a Sierra Leonean nurse was the first to be sponsored by her foundation and that as of date, they could now boast of three nurses under the sponsorship programme with funds she generated from friends, partners, and contributors.
She noted that they were now expanding to Sierra Leone and that the first donation was given to the needy and disabled of her home town in Lunsar, Marampa, and Magbellay village before taking the last consignment to the disabled in Freetown.
She maintained that helping the needy and disabled was a challenge to her because she was recently involved in an accident which left her right ankle fractured and now she used a boot and clutches to walk.
“Considering the type of strains I am currently going through I made up my mind to always help the physically challenged, as it is very difficult to survive in that position,” she revealed.
Upon receiving the donation Alhassan Sesay, the chairman of the House of Jesus for the disabled, expressed thanks and appreciation to the Emani SOS Fund for its timely gifts.
He noted that the gifts would go a long way in helping them, and that the bibles would also be very useful in spreading the word of God to their members.