Exactly a year ago when African Kind Hearts, a local non-governmental organization got their support from the China Africa People to Africa Friendship, donated food and school materials to ebola orphans in Rolath village in Lunsar, the same NGO and with the same support, over the weekend handed over to the community an agricultural store, drying floor and seedlings.
Rolath village lies few miles away from Lunsar in the Marampa chiefdom, Port Loko district. Inhabitants of that lonely village would never forget the story of the Ebola virus outbreak. Like many other villages hard hit by the outbreak, Rolath and its inhabitants have been left with an indelible scar. 48 people died of the EVD in that poverty stricken village that has about 20 houses. Among the dead were 6 pregnant women.
The best way African Kind Hearts could remember the devastation caused by the EVD, was to make Rolath- which is a farming community self-reliant. However, the disease left behind over five thousand children orphans in Sierra Leone and killing over three thousand people. Port Loko was hard hit as the district shares border with almost every other district, except those in the extreme end of the south- eastern region. Singing in their traditional temne songs as a sign of appreciation and happiness, the town chief of Rolath, Ibrahim Kamara could not mince his appreciation by thanking the NGO for their return to them. He recalled last year when the village orphans received food and school items from them. He promised that the agricultural store would be utilized for its purpose.
The founder of African Kind Hearts, Daphne Olu Williams who is also the Vice Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, was proud to have made a return to a village that was ravaged by the EVD and to see the resilience in them. She informed the people that she was back to the village not to donate food items but to donate something to them that will make them ever self-reliant. The founder encouraged the people to make good use of the facility and warned that the agricultural store should not be used for musical concerts or meetings but for the storage of their agricultural products.
She re-echoed that her Organization reaches and shares out love to people. “We should all consider ourselves as brothers and sisters and as one people” she said. The founder paid tribute to China-Africa People to people Friendship Action for the sponsorship.
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