By Foday Moriba Conteh
Pikin Bizness, an organization established to support children by providing health related assistance, economic and educational support to child survivors of post-conflict Sierra Leone has informed that five children would be travelling abroad for open heart surgeries.
Speaking to this medium on Friday 20th September 2019 at their head office on Wilkinson Road Freetown, Fredrick Tarawallie, Media and Communication Officer of the organization disclosed that the five children would be travelling to different countries for their surgical treatments.
He said that Isatu Dumbuya and Emmanuel George would be going to Dubai, Kaday Conteh and Alusine Leigh would be going to Aswan Egypt and Hawa Marrah would be going to Bangalore India also informing that the five kids would be travelling with their parents.
Fredrick Tarawallie said the organization was established in January 2001, by three people who came together; Dr Adonis Abboud, Shellac Sonny Davies and Barbara Bangura, culminating into its launching as a Charitable Organization called Pikin Bizness.
He said four years later, in 2005, having spotted a campaign, launched by the Exclusive Daily Newspaper, advertising and appealing for help on behalf of one Abu Bakarr Jalloh, a six year old with a hole in his heart, Pikin Bizness embarked on a larger campaign targeting mainly children with heart deficiencies, especially children with holes in their hearts and other related diseases.
Tarawallie revealed that since November 2005 to date, more than 23 children have been flown for cardiac treatment and 2 waiting to be flown to Dubai which has cost the organization more than ten thousand euros per child adding that the organization has also helped other children suffering from other diseases.
He stressed that they are flying those kids who have congenital heart problems to seek medical procedures abroad through their partners Chain of Hope, RCPCH and Chaine De L’Espoir.