The Blama Happy Family on Sunday, 10th May 2020 donated food and non food items to the Muslim Community in Blama, Small Bo Chiefdom, Kenema District, Eastern Sierra Leone.
The ceremony which brought together stakeholders from across the local council, Parliament and the community took place at the Wanje Entertainment Center in Blama.
The stakeholders included; Sylvester Kallon, deputy director-human rights commission, Sierra Leone, Ms. Jeneba Koroma-Director, Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Eastern Region, Hon. PC Dhaffie Benya, Hon. MP Miss Moinina, Mr. Micheal K. Samba- Senior Adviser of Blama Happy Family Organization Mr. Vandy Siaka-Executive Director-BHF, Ms. Yama Sesay- Deputy Executive Director-BHF and whole lot of others.
In his welcome statement, the chairperson of the occasion, Mr. Michael K. Samba, former Principal at the St. Joseph’s Secondary and Agricultural School thanked the founders of the Blama Happy Family for their initiative to paying back to society especially during Ramadan and especially at a moment when the whole world is battling with the corona pandemic.
He called on the Imams to use the donation for its intended purposes and then appealed to the Muslim community to offer prayers for the President and for the security of the state. He further noted that, it is only when there is peace and security that a country achieves sustainable development.
In his statement, the Executive Director of the Blama Happy Family, Mr. Musa Sharka informed the audience that their organization is only two (2) months old but they have been able to go through the registration process and garner support from their brothers and sisters in the Diasporas to facilitate this donation. He assured the people of Blama that their organization which was formed with the aim of coming together is to promote harmony in Blama by contributing towards a sustainable socio economic and cultural development intend to support the marginalized and development programs.
The Deputy Director of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Haja Jeneba Alice Koroma expresses her delight over the donation adding that the Blama Happy Family is complementing government’s effort. She stated that the month of Ramadan is a month of charity and giving and calls on others to emulate and support the poor in their communities.
In his submission, the Member of Parliament for Blama, Hon. Musa Moigua was moved by such a an initiative and assured the Blama Happy Family of his unflinching support in order to see that the organization achieves it desired objectives.
Speaking on behalf of the Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone, the deputy director, East Mr. Sidie Kallon says that due to another engagement, the chairperson who was willing to attend expressed the commissions support at all times. He further used that opportunity to speak on the establishment of the Human Rights Commission and its functions. He also explained about how certain rights are restricted citing the rights to movement and association.
He appealed to the people of Blama to fulfill their obligations by adhering to the measures put in place by the government in the bid to control the spread of the coronavirus and call on the security apparatus to enforce curfew orders and other restriction professionally.
The event was climaxed by the symbolic presentation of items which includes 20bags of 50kg rice, 5 bata cooking oil, 3 bags refined sugar, 2 bags of iodized salt, 72 pieces of praying mats and 72 plastic kettles for ablution to the councillor for an on behalf of the Imams and a demonstration of the use of face mask done by the Deputy CEO, Ms Yama Sesay.