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The Forum observed that in as much as survivors are being well fed, they have other felt needs like buying fruits, vegetables and coconut water (jelly) and as explained by a survivor, she went out to buy kola nut when the disaster occurred that killed all her relatives, the reason she survived.   

The items were donated by the Global Women’s Network facilitated by Dr. Nana Pratt in addition to financial donations from member organizations and individuals of the Forum. The Global Women’s Network provided most of the items in addition to the brother of the President of the Forum, John Barlatte, while the clothing was donated by members of the Forum nationwide 

Some of the items include 2 boxes of pampers, Saba soap, baby cereal with milk, SMA baby food, 1 bag sugar, 1 cartoon tea bags, 1 cartoon eggs, 3 bags onions, 2 gallons of five gallons cooking oil, cartoons of sardines, 1 cartoon Bama Mayonnaise, under-wears, brassiers, a suitcase of quality female items and petty cash to the oldest member in the home, 57 year-old Ya Mamie Mansaray.

Ya Mamie Mansaray is a stonebreaker at Motemeh and used the proceeds of her backbreaking labor to construct a house that was destroyed in the landslide.

Other items include clothing for children, boys and girls, 1 cartoon Colgate toothpaste, 1 cartoon slippers and children’s slippers and shoes, eggs, soap and towels.

Statements were made by Dr. Nana Pratt and Sally Adams of the Women’s Forum who consoled the victims to take heart and have trust in God and a representative of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs while distribution of the items and the vote of thanks climaxed the event.

On Edi Muburak on Friday 1st September 2017, members of the Forum visited hospitalized survivors of the disaster at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown where they offered counseling, psychosocial support and prayers to the traumatized victims and their parents.          

Anglican Diocese of Freetown Provide Relief Items to Flood Victims

The Anglican Diocese of Freetown has donated relief items and school materials to victims of the mudslide and flooding.

The donation was presented by the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Freetown Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Thomas A.I. Wilson to the Regent Head Woman on Friday 1st September 2017.

Before presenting the items Bishop Thomas A.I. Wilson said among other things that they were not in that community with joy but with sorrow.

He said when someone cries it is their concern as Christians to know what the cause is and to find solution to the problem.

Bishop Wilson went on to say that they sympathize with the victims but stressed the need for them to think about the laws of the land.

According to the Bishop the people are too stubborn.

“God made this world very well and structured it well, but human activities have caused some damage on the earth”

The Bishop recalled when he used to go to Regent village to fellowship and how that environment was friendly with trees but now all the trees have gone.

He stressed the need for them to go into action not to only praying but by setting up structures and ensure that they do not build again on the wrong side.

“Since we are the cause, let us come together to put things in place and stop such action”

He spoke about the donation they have made as church to Council of Churches in Sierra Leone but stressed the need for them to do theirs individually for the reopening of school.

Head of Project of the Freetown Anglican Dioceses Jonathan A. Thomas said they are not pleased with what happen to them but they were in that community to support them and for them to know that they were not alone.

He said the support for the donation came from the Parish of West Wittering United Kingdom, the United Society Propagated of the Gospel (USPG) and the Dioceses of North Carolina and the St. Philips of Episcope Church USA.

The donated items he said include: 80 bags of rice, 80 gallons of cooking oil, 80 packets of salt and 130 school bags including other school materials. 

The Head Woman of Regent Village madam Eleanor Metzger thanked the Freetown Anglican Dioceses   for their timely support. She stressed the need for them to plant more trees and preserve the environment. The head woman distributed the donated items to the three camps at Regent and the schools and learning materials was distributed by the Bishop and team to the children.

The donation was made possible again through the help of the Freetown Anglican Dioceses youth. The opening prayer before the distribution was made by the Archdeacon Canon Joseph Khamara.

The victims were pleased with the donation. They thanked the Freetown Anglican Dioceses and all those that contributed to make the donation possible.

 

 

 

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