With over 500 (five hundred) orphans across the country through the deadly ebola virus disease, the Sierra Leone War Trust Children foundation (SLWT) on Thursday provided financial support to 49 ebola orphan Caregivers to look after the children at Waterloo.
It could be recalled that SLWT has been in operation for about 17 years now, helping the needy in the country to live a happy and better life.
According to one of SLWT Trustees, Mrs. Renee Horton-Spring, their organization comprises of just five Sierra Leoneans based in the United Kingdom, raising funds to help their people in Sierra Leone.
She disclosed that in 1999, they provided financial support to the aged women at the Mandela refugee camp for them to start business and repay their loan after some time, adding that they have also assisted 27 villages with training on farming for sustainable development, constructed schools in Bombali district, and in Songo they constructed agricultural school where they trained ex-child combatants.
Madam Spring explained that they are providing the sum of Le 400,000 (four hundred thousand Leones) to each of the 49 ebola orphan caregivers for them to add on their existing business(s) or start one if they do not have one, having received training from the Project Manager, Mrs. Marion Morgan on how to start and manage business a week before the donation date.
The Project Manager disclosed that she came to know about the ebola orphans through Madam Rosetta Kargbo working for the Construction & Development Partners (CODEP) who encouraged her to go and see the children who were desperately in need at the time of seeing them as most of them were taking to the hospital for immediate medical attention.
She disclosed that through Madam Kargbo she was able to choose 50 of the ebola orphan kids between the age of 3 and 6 and help them with schooling materials, uniforms and also school charges in various schools within the Waterloo community to avoid the challenges of accessing their schools.
Madam Morgan urged the various community Headmen and Chairladies to serve as monitors for those children whose future lies on their education as they have no parents to look or caters for them as only humanitarians can transform their lives, stating that the monies given to caregivers is not for purchase dressings or delicious food but to do business that will help even their own children and the homes.
The Social Welfare Ministry representative in Western Rural, Mr. Kabineh Noah, together with Mrs. Rosetta Kargbo pleaded for more donor intervention in providing support for the remaining ebola orphans who are finding it very difficult to survive, lest to say accessing education, explaining that government cannot do it alone with limited resources.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Fatu Turay expressed thanks and appreciation to SLWT for their timely support in transforming their lives so that they will look after the orphans and their (beneficiaries) children through the same funds.
She admonished her colleagues to take great care of the monies and ensure they look after the children carefully based on love and not because of what they will receive from donors as support.
By Alhaji M. Kamara
Monday February 22, 2016