A local nongovernmental organization, A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity (AWISH) Sierra Leone in collaboration with Be the Change Academy with support from First People’s Worldwide- USA has donated food and nonfood items to vulnerable people in Gbewubu Town in the Tunkia chiefdom, Kenema district.
The donation included 40bags of rice, 50 veronica buckets, and cartons of Saba surf, packets of salt and toiletries.
The Minister of State East, Hon. Maya Moiwo Kaikai, the Regional Police Commander -East Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Alfred Karrow Kamara, the Provincial Secretary East George Pennyikie, Senior District Officer Kenema District, Abdulai Mansaray, the head of the Civil Society Organization eastern region, Augustine Sannoh and other stakeholders in the district witnessed the handing over of the items to the community people.
Welcoming the Minister and entourage to the chiefdom, Paramount Chief Alhaji Amara Goway Sama lauded the AWISH gesture but noted that his chiefdom has no recorded case of Ebola since the outbreak of the disease in the country. He expressed appreciation for the presence the Resident Minister which he said is a boost to his chiefdom. He thanked him for his leadership since the outbreak of the virus disease in the region.
Minister Maya Kaikai while handing over the donated items thanked AWISH for the gesture and commended the organization for coming to the aid of his people. The Minister described the timing of the donation as “appropriate” as it came at a time when government had step up its fight against the virus in the country.
The Minister assured the people of Tunkia chiefdom of government’s continuous support especially with the self-help medical center project undertaken by the chiefdom. He noted the importance of the health center pointing out that with one in the community, it will curb the additional stress and pain of walking far distances to seek medical attention.
He said as government, they always welcome organizations, individuals or groups that come with genuine motives to assist the people particularly at such a time like this when an unknown enemy is killing citizens without discrimination.
Formally handing over the items, the National Coordinator of AWISH Sierra Leone, Alpha Baratay said his organization is agro-based and it seeks to empower vulnerable people especially women. He expressed delight at the news of a no Ebola case in the chiefdom and lauded efforts by the local authorities that have resulted in such a positive result.
He explained that they started operations in Tunkia and Lower Bambara chiefdoms in 2011 and disclosed that they have expended Le 8, 000, 000 (eight million Leones) so far on various agricultural programmes including education on the use of fertilizers and other farming inputs. He said apart from the several other gestures they have been extending to the two chiefdoms, the distribution of food and nonfood items as their own contribution to the national Ebola fight is funded by First People Worldwide-USA who gave them USD 3,500 (three thousand five hundred US Dollars) with which they bought the donated items.
The program Director Hinga Demby reassured the people of the organisation’s continuous standing by them until the Ebola virus is completely eradicated from the country. He said the organization will support them in their agriculture activities as soon as the Ebola threat is over.
By Saffa Moriba
Wednesday October 01, 2014