Actionaid International, Sierra Leone in collaboration with the Disaster Management Coordination Committee of Moyamba has breathed new lives into 33 households in the Manya, Chokoloh and Limber Corner Villages that recently lost properties worth millions as a result of fire outbreak.
According to the District Security Coordinator at the Office of National Security in the Moyamba, Abdul Karim Koroma, the fire outbreaks were caused by the burning of bushes for farming activities closer to the villages.
The thirty-eight (38) households in the three villages of the Timdale and Kaiyamba Chiefdoms in the Moyamba District, South of Sierra Leone benefitted foodstuffs, kitchen utensils, building materials, household materials, treated mosquito nets, used clothing, school materials and seedlings worth Forty-One Million Leones (Le41m).
The donation visits which were undertaken by Actionaid together with the Office of National Security (ONS), Moyamba District Council, Women’s Network, Red Cross Society, ACF, National Fire Force, Moyamba Community Agricultural Development Association (MOCADA) and the Sierra Leone Police saw the exciting mood of the victims including women and children who had been sleeping in cold, ceased farming and schooling for several weeks as a result of the losses incurred by the fire outbreaks that occurred in March and April respectively.
Delivering the consignments, the Actionaid Manager in the Moyamba District, Zainab Senesie stated that the relief service was in response to appeals made by the District Disaster Management Coordinating Committee and that it is because the Actionaid International believes that disaster victims have the right to reintegration and live a dignified life society.
Madam Senesie explained that when the incidents initially occurred, the Actionaid in collaboration with the District Disaster Management Coordinating Committee in an immediate response, gave some food items to the victims, collected data of all affected households in order to ensure that adequate packages were prepared for them.
She however noted that the disaster response package provided by the organization is never equivalent to the worth of properties destroyed, but it is rather a consolation gift to victims.
She encouraged them to accept the packages in good faith and mobilize in the shortest possible time to erect their structures with the materials provided so that they could be saved from the rains.
In an interview with the District Security Coordinator in the Office of National Security, Moyamba Branch, who is also the head of the District Disaster Management Coordinating Committee, Abdul Karim Koroma commended Actionaid a lot for the timely response to the proposal made by the committee.
Koroma confirmed that when the disaster occurred in the three villages, the committee including Actionaid collected data of affected households and drew an intervention budget which was copied to various organizations working in the district, among which Actionaid has made a speedy and appreciable response.
He equally noted that the relief package is never equivalent to the worth of properties destroyed for which he encouraged the community people to desist from the habit of burning bushes close to their villages in order to avert future disaster.
The Councilor for Ward 299 which covers the affected Manya and Chokoloh Villages, Agnes Bangay expressed gratitude to Actionaid for giving “new life” to her people by a disaster response package.
“I am very glad to see most of them happy now as the situation has been a threat to me; I actually shed tears during my first visit when I saw women and children feeding from boiled mango as a meal” she stated.
She encouraged them to be united in rebuilding their homes and also stopped the habit of burning bushes near the villages.
The District Disaster Management Coordinating Committee pledged to intensify disaster prevention campaign in the communities.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Tuesday May 20, 2014