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Sierra Leone News: Margie Lee Foundation donates Le10m to orphans and Ebola survivors in Nongowa Chiefdom

Missionary Sister of the Holy Rosary Rev. Sister Anthonia Ezeibekwe the foundation country supervisor distributing items

The Margie Lee Foundation International has on Friday 22nd February 2019 distributed learning materials, food and other items to 45 Ebola survivors and orphans at Komende Luyama in the Lower Bambara Chiefdom, Kenema District, Komende Station and Kenema in the Nongowa Chiefdom. The distribution ceremony took place at Komende Luyama court bari were hundreds of residents and other stakeholders gathered. Before the distribution, a Missionary of the Holy Rosary Rev. Sister Anthonia Ezeibekwe, the Foundation’s Country Supervisor encouraged the community to put their hands together in guiding the children to go through their education by making good use of the items donated to them. She went on, the education of any child means a lot for a community and therefore appealed to the community members to see themselves as a parents of every child in a community, explaining before now the upbringing of a child in any community was the sole responsibility of all members in that community and that is the way she grew up. She called on the parents to subject their children to night studies adding children have more times with their families than in school. The Country Coordinator, Bockarie Gendemeh, gave a brief background of the support. He said during the Ebola era Margie Lee from Scotland was one of the Doctors that came to the country under the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society. She worked at Nianyahun junction Ebola treatment centre. While working at the centre, she met a mother and baby daughter. The mother passed away. The baby was care for by Gendemeh while working under Goal as a procurement officer. Before she left the country, Dr. Lee helped the child and decided to extend the gesture to other vulnerable children and orphans in the district. Upon her returned to her home country, she has been getting assistance from children of Anne Evans in her memory as a support for more children in Sierra Leone.

Missionary Sister of the Holy Rosary Rev. Sister Anthonia Ezeibekwe the foundation country supervisor distributing items

Saffa Lahai Moray, town chief of Komende Luyama, thanked the donors and prayed for them. He described the assistance of Margie Lee as an indelible ink not only in the minds of beneficiaries but the entire community. This is the forth times the community has received money and support from her.

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By Saffa B. Moriba in Kenema

Wednesday March 06, 2019.

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