HIMS Fast Track Housing Project for Disabled
Handsworth International Mission Services (HIMS) has further demonstrated their desire to provide good accommodation and housing facilities for more than 150 members belonging to the House of Jesus for the Disabled, by bringing development oriented guests from the Rotherham Church in the United Kingdom on assessment visit to see and cross check the deplorable conditions faced by the disabled and their immediate families.
Since 2004, HIMS have been sourcing funds from abroad to support what could be referred to as a “relocation project“ in the Grafton community. On Wednesday, November 13 this year, Mrs. Edna Paterson (in photo), wife of HIMS Founder, led Pastor Adrian Dexter and two of his Rotherham Pentecostal Church colleagues, on a follow up visit in a bid to fast tracked the relocation of those deprived disabled persons.
In their short meeting with the beneficiaries, Mrs. Paterson assured that HIMS would continue to share their sad stories with Churches across the United Kingdom in order to raise money to fund the Grafton housing project.
She explained that she brought the visitors this time as a replication of the early visit by the Holy Rosary Pentecostal Church members who were taken round the poor facilities of the disabled persons in the central of Freetown.
Mrs. Paterson said she would not rest in so far as this project was concerned until the housing dream of her ninety eight year old husband and founder of HIMS, Alex Paterson, becomes fruitful.
In his inspiring statement, Pastor Adrian Dexter of the Rotherham Pentecostal Church in England said they are inspired by the positive vision pursued by the disabled organization who he said they came to know through HIMS. He lamented that as a father of a seven year old disabled boy, he feels extremely sorry for persons with disabilities in Sierra Leone, noting that measures should be taken by the government of Sierra Leone to alleviate the immensurable pains suffered by persons with disabilities in the country. He further assured the beneficiaries that with the information made available to them, they would pray and do all they could to support the relocation of this set of disabled Sierra Leoneans.
Reacting to the quick but all important visit, the Chairman of House of Jesus for the Disabled, Mr. Amara S. Koroma, expressed his satisfaction over the funds raising role HIMS is playing to better their livelihoods. He commended the team of visitors for their intervention.
House of Jesus for the Disabled over the years obtained land in Grafton through the Government of Sierra Leone for relocation purposes and better accommodation compared to the makeshift temporary structures in which they dwelt at Kissy.
The land became an epicenter of confusion as land grabbers allegedly tried to get hold of it though they met stiff resistance from HIMS personnel who have been trying to secure the land for the disabled persons.
By Ilyasa Baa
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