THANK YOU to those people and companies who have supported us in the last few months, as we have tried to respond to the many requests for assistance from partners in Sierra Leone.
The Sierra Leone community in Reading have led on multiple fundraising events, including meals, sponsored walks, a gala night, as well as holding collections in workplaces (Vodafone, Motorola, Optalis), churches and mosques. This has enabled us to buy protective supplies and ship these along with other donated clinical goods to clinics and hospitals. Many volunteers gave their time over two weekends to help with loading the trucks.
We have been able to provide food aid to quarantined communities in Port Loko, and with the help of the Epilepsy Association and Suafiatu Tunis of Community Response, extend support to the families of 30 health workers at Kenema Hospital who lost their lives looking after patients during this outbreak. We are grateful to Mr Rajwani in Freetown for the free use of his truck and driver for two days for the transportation of bags of rice and other essential goods to Kenema.
Additional donations of clothing and food have been distributed to those in need including survivors of ebola in Port Loko and Rokupa, ¬†members of the Epilepsy Association, and orphans in Freetown and Port Loko. ¬†Collaborating partners include Amazonian Initiative Movement whose pioneering kindergarten has now been given over to 40 children orphaned by ebola who are being cared for by volunteers. Any help that individuals wish to extend to affected communities will be despatched immediately. We are grateful for all the support received.