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Women’s Forum offers used clothing to flood victims

Women’s Forum offers used clothing to flood victims

Freetown, Oct. 3 (SLENA) – Women’s Forum Sierra Leone (WF-SL), the national women’s umbrella organization, has donated bales of used clothing worth millions of Leones to women and children affected by the recent flooding in Freetown through the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs at the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown. (Photo: The bales of used clothing)

Before the donation, which took place last Friday 2nd October 2015, members of the Forum have been conducting some psychosocial counseling for the victims.

Most of the victims are from Susan’s Bay, a slum community in central Freetown where the Forum has been working through PLAN International’s Girl Power Project during which the community was sensitized on the value of Girls Education for the benefit of the girls, the community and the nation at large in addition to the value of family planning.

The girls were also encouraged to stay focused on their education as “learning is better than silver and gold.”

This time, however, as victims of the flood disaster, the President of the Women’s Forum, Mrs. Maude Peacock, assured victims that it is indeed a very difficult period in their lives but admonished that in such a situation of hopelessness all is not lost.

The prompt response of Government, through NGOs, national and international, is an indication that drastic efforts are being made to address their plight, stressing that once there is life there is a way out.

She further consoled the victims that the incident is a lesson for all of us to heed to early warning signs to stay safe, reiterating that we should not wait until the real catastrophe takes place.

The bales of clothing for the victims were donated to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs.

It could be recalled that the Women’s Forum was among the first organizations that donated to the Ministry of Social Welfare for Ebola survivors.

The Minister of Social Welfare, Alhaji Moijueh Kaikai and his formidable team were commended for spending time, energy and resources in developing strategies to take care of victims for almost two years now.

The Forum also thanked all the donors, national and international, for empowering the ministry in dutifully meeting its aims and objectives.

The various women’s organizations were acclaimed for contributing and making the donation possible.

Credit SLENA

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