By: Caritas Media

Thursday, June 22, 2023 – Caritas Freetown, in collaboration with the generous assistance of German Doctors, has successfully extended a helping hand to 100 families affected by a devastating fire incident earlier this year. The humanitarian support, distributed at the Saint Edward’s Pre School Center, aimed to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable individuals during these challenging times.

Under the initiative named “Enhancing Humanitarian Aid,” generously funded by German Doctors for Developing Countries, essential aid was provided to families who were severely impacted by the Susan’s Bay Fire Disaster. The distribution took place on June 21st and 22nd, 2023, offering much-needed sustenance and relief to those in need.

The selection process for beneficiaries was based on household income and eating habits, ensuring that the support reached those most vulnerable in the community. Majority of the selected recipients were found to follow the 101 or 001 meal formulas, signifying their high level of vulnerability.

The distribution encompassed a variety of food items, including rice, garri, cooking oil, palm oil, maggi seasoning, sugar, and onions. These supplies will provide sustenance for the affected families following their difficult circumstances.

Ishmeal Alfred Charles, the Programs Manager of Caritas Freetown, warmly welcomed the beneficiaries, expressing the organization’s gratitude for the collaborative effort with the German Doctors. Charles emphasized the commitment of the German Doctors to assist vulnerable populations in developing countries like Sierra Leone. He assured the recipients that they would receive their aid packages promptly and efficiently.

Reverend Father Peter Konteh, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown, expressed his heartfelt appreciation to the attendees for their presence and extended his gratitude to the German Doctors for their invaluable support.
Reverend Father Konteh acknowledged the recipients’ resilience and the hardships they had endured, emphasizing the importance of equitable resource distribution and eradicating hunger from society. He reiterated Caritas’ dedication to facilitating fair access to resources for all, regardless of their circumstances.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Isatu Sesay conveyed her profound gratitude to Caritas Freetown and the German Doctors for the essential food items they received. Sesay emphasized the significance of the food supplies during these challenging times when acquiring sustenance is particularly challenging. She noted the scarcity of food and the difficulty in affording a full bag of rice, emphasizing the impact of their support on her family’s well-being.

Another beneficiary, Daniel Dimoh, expressed his heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Caritas Freetown and the German Doctors for the aid his family received. Dimoh acknowledged the profound impact the supplies would have on their daily lives, enabling them to redirect their limited resources to other pressing needs. He expressed joy and optimism, highlighting the improved well-being this assistance would bring to his family.

The successful implementation of the Enhancing Humanitarian Aid project exemplifies the compassionate efforts of Caritas Freetown and the unwavering support of German Doctors for Developing Countries. The project’s success has significantly alleviated the suffering of vulnerable families affected by the Susan’s Bay Fire Disaster. By providing crucial sustenance and support, the initiative has not only improved the lives of the beneficiaries but also demonstrated the power of collaboration and compassion in times of crisis.

Author: Abu Bakarr Jalloh

Abu Bakarr Jalloh is a Sierra Leonean content writer, author, Neo Pan-African and founder of The African Dream, an online platform for inspiring, positive and compelling African stories. Contact: WhatsApp: +23276211583