Healy Intl Relief Foundation revert to Sierra Leone with community development project
The Executive Director, Monsignor Daniel Sullivan of Healey International Relief Foundation has officially briefed Sierra Leone’s Ambassador H.E Bockarie Kortu Stevens to the United States of America about his foundation’s readiness to continue with its stalled and incomplete community development projects (Schools, Housing & Hospital) in Southern Bo District, and also informed him about his new schools, Housing and other Community development projects, before taking a formal leave of him, for a seven day official working visit to the West African Country.
Monsignor Daniel Sullivan said Healey International Relief Foundation has successfully completed seventeen Projects since the extension of its work to Sierra Leone twelve years ago.
Through the help of thirty eight parishes where he held retreats, the man of God said Healey International Relief Foundation was able to raise approximately Four Hundred and Thirty Nine Thousand United States Dollars ($439,000) for various projects (rehabilitation and furnishing of the Serabu Hospital and Nursing School, Establishment of a home for Amputees, Provision of Medical supplies, purchasing of new vehicles, provision of medical equipment and medicines throughout the Archdiocese of Freetown and Bo and furnishing of orphanages).
Monsignor Daniel Sullivan said the Healey International Relief foundation has six pending projects including the construction of Security fence around St. Mary’s Children’s home, rehabilitation of Fatima House of Light for Girls, rehabilitation and restoration of National Health Organization and Community Outreach Centers.
Also in progress is the purchase of vehicles for Serabu Hospital i.e., minibus, ambulance, pick-up truck, rehabilitation of Archdiocesan Pastors center and obtaining over the counter medicines for area clinics.
“Our future projects are procuring generators for all parishes in Archdiocese, rehabilitate schools destroyed during the war, continued funding to run Serabu Hospital, Computer equipment for pastoral Center and the provision of a Boat for travel to parishes off land.
“We want to work with the Government of Sierra Leone and the Churches as best as we can, to rebuild the Medical system. “We are presently doing demographical study, working with a group called St Ann- a logistical expert based in Pennsylvania, which will collate all forms of data including statistical and graphics that will be useful to Healey International Relief Foundation’s work.
“Apparently, my meeting you His Excellency is to appraise you with our activities in your Country and also get help that will lead to the accomplishment of our task.”
He said a seven man delegation consists of the Executive Secretary, two logisticians, two videographers and other two key members will be traveling to Sierra Leone to hold series of meetings with The first lady of Sierra Leone Mrs. Sia N. Koroma, Minister of Health & Sanitation Hon. Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura, Commissioner NaCSA, Hon. Minister of Social Welfare Gender and Children’s Affairs, and Minister of Information and Communications.
Responding, Ambassador Stevens thanked the Catholic Priest and his foundation for the philanthropic work they have embarked on all these years in Sierra Leone and also for his new innovations.
The Ambassador expressed delight at the presentation of facts by Monsignor Daniel Sullivan and encouraged him to do more. He quoted the recent United Nations statistics which indicates growth and development in the Health sector and described it as “favorable”.
Ambassador Stevens used the opportunity to showcase the strategically located Panguma Hospital that used to play a very key sub regional role – serving patients from Sierra Leone Guinea and Liberia.
He said the vibrancy of the hospital was transformed into dormancy when the rebels struck the town, killing the Catholic Priest, a Medical Doctor and his entire family.
Soon after, the hospital ran out of funds which impacted on the staff that led to the vandalism and eventual closure.
Though it has been rehabilitated, it needs a lot of input that will not only eventually see it back into action, but playing host to its former role.
It can be recalled that Healey International Relief Foundation got attracted to Sierra Leone, through the International media; and in particular, the “Newsweek Magazine”, which published a story about the humanitarian needs of Sierra Leone, soon after the end of the war.
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