It was a bright and sunny day as over 200 Orphans at the Grafton slum community dressed up, feeling excited for their New Year’s party and gifts from their benevolent philanthropist Dr. Christian Bell and wife Rev. Valarie Bell.
Despite the economic stagnation and hardship in the country, Dr. Christian Bell continues to put a smile on the faces of the Orphaned Children and vulnerable communities through his organization Love-One-Another Campaign with support from donor partners like Mothers Helping Mothers, Share with Sierra Leone USA, and friends from Germany.
Last week over two hundred (200) Orphaned Children mostly from the Ebola outbreak and their Care-Givers at Grafton Community in Freetown, received assorted gifts including bags of rice, used clothes, toys and financial loan for care-givers worth millions of Leones.
Dr. Bell and with his wife Rev. Valarie Bell and the Love-One-Another Campaign team have been providing financial support, food and school materials to these children since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 when most of these children lost their parents.
13-year-old Madina Kemoh, a class 6 pupil of Baptist Primary school said since she lost her parents to the deadly virus life has been difficult for her and her care-giver. “We hardly get food to eat on daily basis because my care-giver (aunt) is poor and can’t afford to provide for me and her children. Sometimes I have to skip school to help with her petty business.” But since the intervention of Love-One-Another Campaign Madina said life has been a little bit different for her and other orphans at Grafton community.
“Thanks to Dr. Bell and his team, we can now boast of proper school materials and we are assured of food because every three months they supply us with food items”, she happily explained.
In response Dr. Christian Bell assured the orphans and their care-givers that they will continue to look after them noting that most of the items are being provided by their donor partners. He said notwithstanding the economic hardship in the country he will continue to advocate for more donor support from humanitarian organizations to ensure continuity.
Dr. Bell called on the Care-Givers to make good use of the money loaned to them and admonished them that the loan is meant for support for the orphans.
Supporting Orphans he stated “is our outmost priority and concern, therefore we will endeavour to bring hope to them and put a smile on their face and restore their lost glory”.
By Mariam S Bah
Tuesday January 10, 2017