By Sahr Eric George
Helping Hands Development Sierra Leone (HHDS) has donated food items and clothes to persons living with disabilities in Freetown.
Dr Alexandre Lubin the president of HHDS from Canada, during his speech said helping people is at the centre of their organisation.
He said his dream has always been to help people and as a surgeon he has done numerous surgeries on people for free in the country since his arrival.
“Our goal is to help you and by helping you we are unleashing our true potentials,” Dr Lubin said.
Rebecca Kasprick the vice president of HHDS encouraged all the beneficiaries to continue believing in themselves and put towards making life meaningful for themselves.
She mentioned that the donation was made possible with the help of her colleagues in at MonTon Hospital in Canada who gave their little contributions to HHDS to help the less previledged people in Sierra Leone.
She said helping the less previledged especially to people living with disabilities (PWDs) because she has a child who is also living with mental disability.
“I don’t have enough, but I believe in giving back to the society which why we are here today,” she stated.
Mohamed Haji Kella the Deputy Minister of Social Welfare thanked Dr Lubin and the HHDS organisation for their kind gesture to help PWDs.
He pleaded with the partners of HHDS to always continue reaching out to the less previledge in the country.
He commended Rebecca for being selfless to bring Dr Lubin to the country to help her people.
The deputy minister called for Dr Lubin and the HHDS team to include PWDs in their health outreach at their next visit.
Ishmail K. Gborie the Chairman of Help Empower Polio person’s Organisation at Pademba Road appreciated the HHDS team home and abroad for considering to help them and their children.
Gborie mentioned that they need food and clothing but most especially they need access to quality health services.
“Most of us PWDs do not go hospitals or clinics because of discrimination…”
” Some of the nurses and health practitioners are not trained to take care of PWDs,” Gborie complained.
He revealed that when their wives go to anti natal clinics some nurses tell them that they have to consider their disabilities before getting pregnant.
He said this is one major cause for PWDs not to visit hospitals in the country.
Haven heard from Gborie, Dr. Lubin told them that HHDS will go and see what they will about their issue.
During the donation process, every one of the PWDs was giving three clothes including clothes for children and a package of different food items.
Due to the immobility of the place, some of the PWDs who were unable to climb the venue of the donation were given their own portions at their PWD resident at Pademba Road.