Kroo Bay Community, 16th November 2023 – In its relief efforts to attract more response to the Kroo Bay Community fire victims in the wake of the devastating fire that razed down their homes on November 1st, the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) joined forces with the Tzu Chi Foundation, Healey International Relief Foundation, and Caritas Freetown to provide crucial relief support to the affected population.
The collaborative effort, marked by a symbolic presentation, saw each of the sixty-five (65) households receive both food and non-food items, offering a glimmer of hope amidst their losses. The event was presided over by Adekule King Esq., the Resident Minister of the Western Areas, who emphasized the government’s unwavering commitment to disaster response and expressed gratitude for the collective action taken by the partnering organizations.
Josephine Garnem, Executive Director of Healey International Relief Foundation, acknowledged the strength of community support during challenging times, extending sympathy to the Kroo Bay residents.
Rev. Father Conteh, Executive Director of Caritas Freetown, highlighted the importance of safety measures to prevent future disasters and thanked the partners for their ongoing support.
Isatu Yella, a fire victim, expressed gratitude to the NDMA and the collaborative partners for their swift response. Her sentiments echoed throughout the community, emphasizing the vital role played by the government during times of need.
During the ceremony, each affected household received a 50-kg bag of rice and used clothing and blankets. Additionally, the 21 house owners whose homes were completely burned down were provided with 3 bundles of zinc and 5 packets of 4″ and 5″ nails each.
The NDMA reiterated its commitment to continuous response activities, emphasizing the importance of preparedness, quick response, and recovery in the face of disasters. The collaborative approach, involving both local and international partners, showcased a multifaceted strategy to address the challenges posed by such crises.
As the NDMA continues to coordinate relief efforts, numerous non-governmental organizations have expressed interest in supporting the victims based on needs assessments. The public, philanthropists, and well-meaning Sierra Leoneans are encouraged to contribute to the relief efforts through the NDMA, ensuring a unified and effective response to the needs of the affected community.