By: Caritas Media
In a heartwarming humanitarian endeavor, Caritas Freetown, with invaluable support from The German Doctors for Developing Countries, embarked on a mission on Monday, September 11th, 2023, to address the urgent needs of individuals adversely affected by devastating floods in Dundas Street, Kroo Bay, and Bololo Communities. This joint effort aimed to alleviate the hardships faced by 200 households in the wake of this natural disaster.
To ensure effective aid distribution, Caritas Freetown meticulously conducted a registration process, identifying and prioritizing the 200 most vulnerable families among those impacted by the recent floods. Priority was rightfully given to households headed by women, recognizing their increased vulnerability. Each of these selected families received a supply of essential food items, including rice, cooking oil, salt, Maggi cubes, onions, and palm oil. Moreover, 120 women and girls aged 13 and above were provided with dignitary kits, adding an extra layer of support.
Ishmeal Alfred Charles, the Programs Manager of Caritas Freetown, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the beneficiaries for their presence, emphasizing that these supplies were a gesture of love and compassion. He underscored that the suffering endured by these individuals compelled Caritas Freetown to seek assistance from their trusted partner, The German Doctors for Developing Countries. This partnership was founded on years of mutual trust and respect.
Reverend Father Peter Konteh, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown, reaffirmed their commitment to responding promptly to people’s needs in times of crisis. He acknowledged that, even as the suffering of the beneficiaries may fade from others’ minds, Caritas remains steadfast in its support. He reassured the beneficiaries that Caritas, together with its partners, would continue their humanitarian efforts, driven by their core pillar of “love in action.”
Fanta Daboh, the Country Representative of German Doctors for Developing Countries, joined Caritas Freetown in distributing the supplies. She highlighted the organization’s dedication to the healthcare sector in Sierra Leone, emphasizing that good health is paramount to individual well-being and survival. This initiative also stems from their commitment to helping communities become healthier, extending support to those affected by the flooding.
Mamie Nella Kpaka, a resident of Dundas Street, has expressed her deep gratitude for the invaluable assistance provided by Caritas Freetown and The German Doctors for Developing Countries. As a widow and a mother of five children, she shared how this support has brought immense joy and relief to her family. She vividly recalled times when she and her children had to go without proper meals for a week, and now, the aid received not only ensures they have nourishing food but also contributes to financing her children’s education. This is because the money that she would have spent on food can now be directed towards her children’s schooling. She expressed her heartfelt hope that this crucial support will continue to make a positive impact on her family’s life.
In conclusion, this collaborative effort between Caritas Freetown and The German Doctors for Developing Countries serves as a beacon of hope and solidarity in times of adversity. Together, they have extended a helping hand to those most in need, exemplifying the power of compassion and unity in the face of natural disasters and hardship.