Partnership to Serve Humanity Launches Hot Meal Program for Fire-Affected Residents of Susan’s Bay Community

In response to the devastating fire incident that occurred on May 2nd, 2024, at Susan’s Bay, a collaborative effort has been initiated by the Partnering to Serve Humanity Consortium.

Comprising the Tzu Chi Foundation, Healey International Relief Foundation, Caritas Freetown, and LANYI Foundation, the consortium launched a hot meal program on Monday, May 13, 2024.

Reverend Peter Konteh On Duty On Site

The program aims to provide immediate relief to those affected by the fire. Father Peter Konteh, the Executive Director of Caritas Freetown, expressed gratitude to the Tzu Chi Foundation, based in Taiwan, for generously funding this crucial intervention.

He emphasized the coordinated efforts of the consortium to ensure the effective and efficient distribution of aid, extending heartfelt thanks to all supporters of the initiative.

Kids Eating Meal

Magrest Bassie, the representative of the Tzu Chi Foundation in Sierra Leone, stated that the hot meal program is a 14-day initiative aimed at benefiting 1575 individuals from 320 households in Susan’s Bay – Mabella community.

Additionally, she emphasized the collaborative efforts with the National Disaster Management Agency to collect data and conduct assessments, ensuring the program’s effectiveness in addressing the immediate needs of the affected community.

Ishmeal Alfred Charles, In Country Manager, Healey International Relief Foundation. Shared that they believed in providing food for people affected by fire disasters to ensure that they have access to nourishment and sustenance during a time of crisis.

Ishmeal Alfred Charles Serving Cooked Food To Victims

This support helps to address immediate hunger and nutritional needs, offering comfort and relief to those impacted by the disaster. Additionally, providing food can help restore a sense of stability and hope for individuals.

One resident, Fatmata Kanu, a mother of four, conveyed her appreciation to the Tzu Chi Foundation, emphasizing the significant challenges faced by her family since the fire incident.

With the provision of food, she expressed joy and relief, highlighting the immediate impact on her and her children. However, she also voiced concerns about shelter as the rainy season approaches.

School Kids Eating Cooked Food

As the hot meal program commences, the collaborative efforts of the Partnering to Serve Humanity Consortium provide a beacon of hope for the fire-affected residents of Susan’s Bay, demonstrating the power of collective action 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

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