BY ODA Communications Unit
A Consortium of helpers for Ebola orphans and less privileged children has on Wednesday 17th February, 2016 visited Mabrown Newton Community, in Koya Chiefdom, Port Loko District.
(Photo: Members of the dream team (consortium of helpers) and some of the Ebola orphans and less privileged children at Mabrown Village)
The Consortium of helpers for Ebola orphans include: two Diaspora led organizations including Ripsta Culture GEDO and Hope 4 Ebola orphans together with their partner, Embracing Children Adoption Services USA.
The purpose of their visit was to do a facts finding about children orphaned by the Ebola virus and also less privileged children of Mabrown village and its environs.
In his welcome address, the Headman of the village, Mr. Obai Kamara thanked the visitors for paying a courtesy call on them. He further pointed out that they have a good number of children in the Mabrown, Newton Community who were Ebola orphans. These children he said are urgently in need of help. He appealed to Ripsta Culture, Hope 4 Ebola Orphans and their partner to salvage the situation of these needy children.
“When I see children, joy fills my heart… and children are the leaders of tomorrow, so therefore they must be properly taken cared of’’ said Madam Mayila Yansaneh, CEO of Hope 4 Ebola Foundation. She further said that, the consortium they have formed is a united team which is made up of people who are determined to help children orphaned by the Ebola Virus and less privileged children in Sierra Leone. She praised President Koroma for providing her organization acres of land for the construction of a long term Interim care center for Orphans and other needy children. The CEO of Hope 4 Ebola Orphans promised that when she returns to Holland she will talk to her colleague Sierra Leoneans, so that they will come and give back to their home country.
The Sierra Leone Music Ambassador in Finland, who is the CEO of Ripsta Cultur-GEDO International, said that his organization has done a lot for the people of Mabrown village and its environs. According to him, to partner with organizations like Hope 4 Ebola Orphans and Embracing Children Adoption Services USA, means a lot for his organization. With this partnership he said they will be able to transform the lives of Ebola Orphans and less privileged children in Sierra Leone.
’ I am really excited to partner with Obi-Phrase and I will try as much as I can to make the world see and help these Orphans and less privileged kids” vowed Juli Christensen, Program Coordinator of Embracing Children Adoption Services in Sierra Leone.
The Consortium of Helpers is better known as the Dream Team. This team is made up of Hope 4 Ebola Orphans Foundation, Embracing Children Adoption Services. The newest additions to the dream team are: Home Leone and Ripsta Culture GEDO. The team has done the research, assessed the situation on the ground, and formed a plan of action to effectively salvage the condition of Ebola Orphans and other less privileged Children in the country. The dream team is really committed to improving the lives of children in Sierra Leone. An MoU has been signed by members of this team.