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Partnering to Serve Humanity Donates Food and Non-Food Items to KrooBay’s Fire Victims.

Partnering to Serve Humanity Donates Food and Non-Food Items to KrooBay’s Fire Victims.

As part of their objectives to undertake humanitarian and developmental activities, specifically targeting the fire victims of the Kroobay community that claimed the properties of 585 poor slum dwellers in the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Partnering to Serve Humanity Consortium ( Partnering to Serve Humanity comprises of Tzu Chi Foundation, Healey International Relief Foundation, LANYI foundation and Caritas Freetown) immediately planned a fifteen day hot-meal program for the victims at the ground zero of the fire disaster followed by the donation of food and non-food items On the 14th and 15th October, the relief packages  comprises food and Non-food items, school supplies and cash to support the affected families. The relief packages consist of rice, multigrain powder, Garri, sugar, cooking oil, palm oil, onion, blankets, mattress, plastic wares for domestic and kitchen use, charcoal stove and sanitary packs that comprise of bathing soap and sanitary pads worth millions of Leones to 585 poor slum dwellers fire victims. The  two days donation took place at the Prince Of Wales School Field in Freetown

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On the 19th of September, 2021, a fire outbreak claimed the properties of 585 poor slum dwellers on the city of Freetown, Sierra Leone. The new spain zone is a densely populated section of the Kroobay slum which is closer by the coat of the Atlantic Ocean.

At about 6:000 PM, an outburst of hue and cry erupted in the community frightening about the explosive fire which was reported to have caused by an electrical malfunction though a high voltage electricity supplied by the national grid.

An alert call for the fore force to extinguish the fire never enjoined due to the lack of road access. Over 16 makeshift houses that housed about 120 households with a total of 585 persons were completely burnt to ground level and 18 other houses were partially damaged.

The victims eventually lost all their properties including materials for school going pupils, beddings, cooking utensils, clothing, cash and other valuable household properties.

Since they stayed displayed, many are still wandering in open and others are temporality accommodated in neighbourhoods.

The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA registration pillar in collaboration with humanitarian partners registered the victims in the affected zone that has also been diagrammed by a drone device. The response is therefore coordinated by NDMA, with support from the Freetown City Council.

In his statement, the liaison person of  the relief packages, working for Caritas Freetown and Healey Foundation,  Ishmeal Alfred Charles, who is serving as the Laison disclosed that the Partnering to Serve Humanity Consortium ( Partnering to Serve Humanity comprises of Tzu Chi Foundation, Healey International Relief Foundation, LANYI foundation and Caritas Freetown are a non-governmental organization with one of its objectives to alleviate the suffering of victims of disaster by undertaking humanitarian activities, specifically targeting the underprivileged, vulnerable and marginalized group particularly women and children in the country, adding that it against such a backdrop they thought it fit to undertake such a relief effort at the Kroo Bay.

He added that when the fire incident occurred, the National Disaster management Agency reached to them immediately indicating that the fire incident has occurred and they wanted them to come in to help do the assessment, they did the assessment and registration and registered about 385 individuals from 120 families. ‘’ we then reached out to the Tzu Chi Foundation that is one of partners in Partnering to Serve Humanity seeking for support, on approval The Partnering to Serve Humanity consortium came and committed to be cooking and serving hot meal food for the victims for and initial 15 days and when the ExecutiveDirector of Caritas came the people reached out to him for a longer term he requested from Tzu Chi and the hotmeal feeding was extended to 21 days, as a immediate response”

He called on Sierra Leoneans to try as much as possible to discourage themselves from building or residing in very cluster environment to the point that if there is an outbreak in one house, it will continue to the whole community because the houses are too close, He also called on the government recreate social housing in these slum communities because it is always a challenge to respond to disaster all the time when it comes into shelter.

Victims from the fire incident who received their packages express thanks and appreciation for the support, 12 year old Santigie Kamara received bag, books and money express thanks and appreciation for the support, “ I was at the school when the fire incident occurred, I returned home after school seeing my parents crying, no cloth, books everything gone.  I am so grateful for the support and will use these to go school”

Sinatu Kargbo, a mother of two children express thanks and appreciation upon receiving her packages and calls on the government to support them build their house, she disclosed that they are currently sleeping to a neighbour’s house. She added add the immediate response from the Partnering to serve Humanity has greatly supported them in recovering from the sad experience.

Sallu Kamuskay

Sallu Kamuskay is a Sierra Leonean activist, storyteller, and blogger. He was born in Sierra Leone but later relocated to Guinea as a refugee because of the war in his country. Sallu Kamuskay uses his phone to engage on social media, under the name ‘’Salone Messenger’. He Co-Founded the Salone Messenger platform after his experience of the war, Ebola, and injustices. According to him, silence was the root cause of war, and of many social injustices, we continue to face as a nation. In 2013, during the Ebola crisis, Sallu Kamuskay took the risk and volunteered to fight Ebola. He spent some months in both safe and unsafe places; helping the victims and telling their sad stories. The election in 2018, left a divided country with communities fighting on tribal lines. This inspired Sallu Kamuskay to serve as the coordinator of the United Sierra Leone peace concert, which was organized in 4 major parts of the country, targeting violent communities and troubled youth. Sallu Kamuskay led a group of entertainers, activists, and organizations across the country on a peace tour, a program supported by the European Union, United Sierra Leone, Africa Union, ECOWAS, and the Messeh Leone Trust. Sallu Kamuakay has also served as a staff writer for the Hidden Voices Magazine. Over the years, Sallu Kamuskay has been using his Techno phone to be able to tell stories, the phone he used to tell the story of Gbessay during Ebola who was admitted at one of the Ebola treatment centers after rumors that she had Ebola when the actual sickness was ulcer, she was almost abandoned at the treatment canter with no medication provided to her. She could have died. Sallu told the story via social media and was able to secure funding from the United Sierra Leone to buy her medication and advocated for her. She was later discharged and taken home, He did the same to a patient that died and was abandoned in the street, Sallu Kamuskay used his phone and shared the message across, the corps was later taken and buried. It could have been more disaster without his voice. The story of late America Stress 3-year-old daughter. The hero’s daughter was abandon after his father's death. He shared her sad story and was able to get a sister who has taken the child as her own and is currently providing her with educational support. The article of America Stress can be read on the link below Sallu Kamuskay feels the stories of Gbessay, America stress and that of many others need to be told. The media house we have cannot better tell these stories, they are better reporters than telling human interest stories. He created the Salone Messenger platform and brought together passionate storytellers to be able to tell these compelling stories.

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