The Martha Logan Thomas Society (MLTS) yesterday September 17, donated assorted food items to the Ministry of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs for children who have been orphaned by the deadly Ebola Virus in Sierra Leone.
The food items were presented by Beatrice Chaytor, Louise Chaytor and Arthur Johnson on behalf of family members of MLTS at home and abroad.
According to the Treasurer Beatrice Chaytor, the Ebola virus has one way or the other affected children countrywide, as most of them have lost their parents or been infected by the virus.
She said in any situation, children suffer the most and it’s because of that her organisation decided to put funds together to help children who have been orphaned.
She noted that her family and the MLTS is extremely worried and concerned over the large number of children who have been orphaned due to the loss of their parents and guardian from the Ebola virus.
Explaining about the activities of MLTS, Beatrice Chaytor said the society was set up in 1987 and was named after their Grandmother Marie Ajumoke Logan Thomas, who in diverse ways helps vulnerable children and women.
She mentioned that MLTS has been providing support for tuition and basic educational materials for over 400 students in nine different schools and have provided support to blind school, El Shaddai Orphanage and Emergency surgical hospital.
Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs Moijehu Kaikai applauded the kind gesture stating that it is timely and highly needed.
He said the Ministry is apparently faced with challenges regarding children who have been affected by the Ebola outbreak but however stated the Ministry is working relentlessly to ensure they cater for these children.
He said with the donated food items, the children will feel cared for and will go home satisfied with hope and courage that they are not alone and therefore urged the MLTS to continue supporting orphan children in the country.
By Mariam Bah
Thursday September 18, 2014