73 Adelaide Street Freetown, Sierra Leone, 9th May, 2020: Grassroots Action for National Development (GRAND) has on Saturday 9th May, 2020 donated relief items including rice, onion and cooking oil to 120 victims of the 2017 Mudslide disaster at Kamayama in the Western Area.
When presenting the items, the Acting National Coordinator of GRAND Edward Thomas Lassayo stated that before embarking on the donation the organization had done a needs assessment around the Western Area during which they concluded that the victims of the 2017 mudslides in Freetown were the most appropriate beneficiaries given that they had endured enormous physical, psychological and economic damages occasioned by the 2017 mudslides.
He added that the donation was GRAND’s contribution towards the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Sierra Leone.
The donation was received by Pa Alimamy Kebbay Conte and Ms. isata Haja Bangura on behalf of the mudslide victims. Pa Alimamy is the section chief of Kamayama Section who had hosted about 2000 mudslide victims in his compound in 2017 while Ms. Isata Haja Bangura is one of the victims that were hosted by Pa Alimamy having suffered severe physical damage and loss of her child and husband as a result of the mudslides.
Chief Kebbay expressed appreciation to GRAND for the gesture and further stated that he was not surprised because he still remembered GRAND’s donations and scholarships to mudslide victims in 2017. He also called the attention of government and other humanitarian organizations to the plight of the survivors of the 2017 mudslide disaster.
Ms. Isata Haja Bangura thanked GRAND for the timely intervention and appealed to government and other humanitarian organizations to complement GRAND’s effort in addressing their predicament.
She stated that a substantial number of the 2017 mudslide survivors have still not benefitted from any significant intervention by government and/or humanitarian organizations. They are therefore still looking forward to humanitarian aid to relieve them from the economic and social challenges that they are grappling with which have unfortunately forced some of them to return to disaster prone areas.
The Le 11,300,000 worth of relief items donated by GRAND included 25 bags of rice, 11 bags of onions and 15 jerry cans of vegetable oil.
By GRAND Media Team