FELLOW SIERRA LEONEANS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS :
The 40-foot container from Target International Shipping Company of Linden, New Jersey, to load relief supplies for the flood victims in Freetown has arrived at the East Franklin Firehouse in Somerset, New Jersey.
It has been decided that all drop-offs of supplies at the Firehouse should be done between 5pm to 7pm everyday and weekends. People with huge bulks of supplies who cannot adhere to this schedule should call the coordinators of the relief arrangements at 732-208-6100, 732-763-8981, 732-763-4779 and 732-309-0825 to set up a delivery schedule.
Volunteers provided by the Sierra Leone Community of New Jersey ( SLCNJ) and the All People’s Congress ( APC) -New Jersey will be at the Firehouse to facilitate receipt and recording of supplies . Because volunteers will be operating on tight work and personal schedules, donors are advised to keep strictly to time.
The drop -off schedule was determined by Rev. Leeroy Wilfred Kabs-Kanu and Mr. Foday Mansaray, in collaboration with the Chair of SLCNJ, Mr. Lamin Alharazim and Mr. Alimamy Turay, the President of the APC-New Jersey .
More volunteers will needed to alternate their presence at the Firehouse to help record and load the supplies.
A list of much-needed supplies provided by the Office of National Security, Freetown, has been transmitted to us in Somerset by the Head of Chancery of the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the UN in New York, Mr. Alhusine Sesay ( Who and the ambassadors and staff of the Mission are coordinating with organizations and institutions in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut for assistance to the disaster victims) . The items needed, apart from money, are :
- hygiene kits
- mosquito nets
- anti-malaria meds.
- heavy duty gloves
- megaphone batteries
- solar lights
- incentives for volunteers
- bags of rice
- water purifiers
- litres of fuel
- face masks
- protective overalls
- camp beds
- toiletry kits
- sanitary towels-packets
- cooking oil in gallons
- pulses in bags
- wheelbarrow etc.
Psychosocial support counsellors are also needed.
There will be a manifest to record what you bring in, along with your names and addresses , to ensure transparency and accountability.
The container should leave by the end of the week..
We are calling on you all to come out and help the victims of the last mudslide disaster on Sierra Leone. Make New Jersey proud again
May God bless you.
REV. LEEROY WILFRED KABS-KANU