Imams and Bishops join in the fight against COVID-19
The Religious Leaders Taskforce on Prevention and Control of Covid-19 has made a mass donation to vulnerable groups in Freetown.
The taskforce which comprises both Muslim and Christian denominations donated 25Kg Rice (OAU Butter brand), Veronica Bucket, Bata Palm Oil, Cartoon Soaps and Satchet water (Grafton) to the Milton Margai School for the Blind, National School for the Deaf, Remand Home of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital, Kissy and the King George VI Memorial Home.
Each institution received 15 bags of 25Kg Rice, 2sets of Veronica Buckets, two 5 gallons Red Palm Oil, 2 Cartoons Soap and 5 Sachets water (Grafton).
Bishop Arnold Temple of Christian Association of Sierra Leone said among other things that they various religious organizations that consist of the task force gave their individual contributions to do such donation.
He pointed out that this is the first donation they have made as a taskforce besides what individual Churches and Mosques have donated.
He called on all to follow government’s regulations and to observe the 1.5 meters social distancing, use face mask in public and wash their hands regularly.
Bishop Temple emphasized that at a time like this when the nation is fighting the pandemic, they need oneness, and politics should not take the better side of them be It SLPP, APC or NGC.
“We should not be victims of their violence. We should be able to stand for Sierra Leone not for political parties. We need a peaceful nation to boost the economy”.
He used the opportunity to call on the government to do their best in uniting the nation.
Bishop Dr. Frederick Abubakar Sidique Sulaiman Koroma described Covid-19 as one that has affected the world of which Sierra Leone is not an exception. He expressed hope that the donated items will help change and transform lives for the better.
Alhaji Momodu Koroma, Special Adviser United Council of Imams expressed their happiness, despite what is going on in the world. He said the vulnerable groups are in the hearts of religious leaders taking in to consideration the present threat in the world.
He continue to say this is a way of soften people whom they consider more vulnerable and physical challenge, for them to take courage and know that people are thinking of them.
“We are supporting our prayers with action. We hope this is just the beginning and it is a way for us to complement the effort of government as religious leaders.”
The Head Teacher, National School for the Deaf, Mrs. Winifred Kamara Cole thanked the religious leaders for considering them at this time of need. She expressed some of the difficulty the students are going through currently as some of their parents are not working and the fine it very difficult to cope with the crisis.
“These items will go a long way to easy their situation. We will call them together with their parents to school for them to get their share while they continue to stay at home.”
She prayed that the relationship will continue after the pandemic.
At the Milton Margai School for the Blind the Principal Sallieu Turay said they will continue to appreciate whatever is given to them. He thanked them for the timely donation.
At the Sierra Leone Psychiatric Hospital, Kissy Dr. Abdul Jalloh took the religious leaders on a conducted tour of the facility and how it has be refurbished as they are set to celebrate 200 years.
The Religious Leaders Taskforce on Prevention and Control of Covid-19 comprises of Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL), Pentecostal Fellowship of Sierra Leone (PFSL), Catholic Mission, Inter Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL), Strategic Evangelical Network (SEN), Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), Christian Association of Sierra Leone United Council of Imams Sierra Leone (UCMSL), Ahmadyya Mission and Sheik Abubakarr Conteh.
The symbolic presentation was done by different men of God. The donated items cost over 18,000 million Leones.
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