How Women’s Forum Prayed For End of Ebola
Freetown, November 9 (SLENA) – Mrs. Maude Regina Peacock, President of the Women’s Forum Sierra Leone, (WF-SL), the national umbrella women’s organization, informed the nation on Saturday 7th November 2015 that they were here again in this very spot where the settlers of long ago gathered to give thanks and praise for deliverance. (Photo: Women celebrating the end of the Ebola outbreak)
She made the statement at the Taylor Cummings Garden on Pademba Road in Central Freetown in memory of all those who died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) on the day the World Health Organization declared the country Ebola free, Saturday 7th November 2015.
Earlier on Friday, the Forum participated in the procession and candle light vigil organized by various women’s organizations in memory of all those died of the virus.
She informed that the Women’s Forum is grateful to member organizations for their solid steps, social mobilization, psychosocial counseling, sensitization on preventive measures and above all for the donation made to the Ebola Response Fund at the Rokel Commercial Bank that was opened by the Ministry of Health.
According to Mrs. Peacock, the Forum operated on the economic principle that help should come first from within before others can help from outside to help, reiterating that “if someone is scrubbing your back, you should also help in the process by rubbing and splashing water.”
The President of the Women’s Forum also acclaimed all organizations within the Forum that paid money at the Rokel Commercial Bank.
They are the Mothers’ Union, Women’s Network of the Methodist Church Sierra Leone, United Methodist Women’s Organization, National Union of Muslim Women, Catholic Women’s Association, African Kind Hearts, Soroptimist, NOW, Zonta, SOJA Town Women, Devil Hole Uprising, Young Women’s Christian Association, AMNET, MARWOPNET, KATEKARAN (Bombali), Sierra Leone Association of University Women and the Sierra Leone Labor Congress.
She disclosed that the minimum amount requested from each organization was Le250, 000 but that most of organizations paid more than that for which she applauded them thus; “well done thou good and faithful servants.”
Mrs. Peacock recalled that during the height of the Ebola pandemic, the Women’s Forum prayed fervently every Thursday from 12–1 p.m. at the YWCA old Hall for divine intervention, revealing that the committed organizations that prayed forcefully for the end of the virus were the various Imams, Ministers of the Gospel, chaplains, Reverend Christiana Sutton-Koroma, Reverend Dr. Olivia Wesley for which the Forum says a big ‘thank you’ to them for their fervent prayers.
“They were healing prayers that comforted us at a time we considered all was lost. We must not relent in our preventive measures that must continue. We pray that the departed souls of our dear brothers and sisters, nationwide rest in perfect peace,” she concluded.
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