By Tamba Borbor
PRO, WHH SLE1048/1085
As its contribution to people with disability during this period of coronavirus, German International Non-Governmental Organisation- Welthungerhilfe (WHH) with funds from the Republic of Germany Foreign Office has on Thursday 29th October 2020 provided food items to 200 households of vulnerable groups.
Speaking at the distribution in Kamadu village outside Koidu City, the Mayor of the Municipality- Mathew Komba Sam expressed appreciation to Welthungerhilfe for the timely support to the physically-challenged during this pandemic. He mentioned that his institution collaborates with WHH in the implementation of the Improved Waste Management project which aims at building the capacity of the KNSCC in effectively managing waste in Koidu.
“WHH has done so much for the people of Koidu and Kono district including other parts of the country. This food supply would go a long way to ensuring there is food on the table our brothers and sisters at this challenging time in our country,” the Mayor stated.
He urged the beneficiaries not to sell the items but ensure their households enjoy the package.
The Chairlady of the Polio Victims Association of Kono, Hawa Marah who was visibly ecstatic during the distribution, praised WHH for “rescuing our homes from disgrace during this pandemic period.”
He lamented that they normally go out on the streets to beg for their livelihood but with this food supply, “we would stay home with our families and eat good food for a long time.”
She thanked Welthungerhilfe for looking out for them even before the pandemic while assuring of their full support to the work of the German international non-governmental organisation.
Alpha Umarr Bayoh, the District Chairman of the Sierra Leone Association for the Blind Kono Branch says he is very happy to be receiving the food items at a time when most of his members beg on the streets.
He recalled that this is not the first time WHH is aiding people with disability while appealing to WHH always think of their plight.
“WHH is one of the organisations that have a made an impact in our lives as blind people and we truly appreciate their support at this time of the Coronavirus,” Bayoh noted.
Juliana Kpewa, Project Administrator of WHH Improved Waste Management and AA Covid-19 projects in her statement during the food distribution, gave a brief background about the food support which she stated was funded by the Foreign office of the Republic of Germany under the AA Covid-19 project implemented WHH.
She noted that Welthungerhilfe is an organization that always positively impacts the lives of people in communities it operates.
“We thought that at this time of the coronavirus, you would need such assistance to take care of your homes which forms an integral part of our humanity,” Juliana stated.
A total of two hundred households shared among the Polio Association, Deaf and Dumb and the Blind benefited from the food distribution which would be done for three months ending in December 2020.
The AA Covid-19 Project is implemented in three eastern districts of Kono, Kenema and Kailahun with funds from the Republic of Germany Foreign Office.