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Lemon Aid Fund donates 190 bags of Rice & Food Items to Teachers

By Mustapha Sesay

Staff and pupils of five schools in the east end of Freetown on Thursday2nd October, 2014 received bags of rice and assorted food items from Lemon Aid Fund at the Dele School Compound, Allen Town.

According to Madam Frances Brown, the Project Manager and also the Proprietress of Dele International High School, the vision started during the war era when she came into contact with Dr. Nancy Peddle, a Psycho-social expert having passion in the welfare of children and women network.

Beckley Teachers receiving their donation

Beckley Teachers receiving their donation

They realized that the children were going through a lot of challenges and there was the need for them to work out strategies in alleviating the plight of the children so that they can be responsible people in the future and contribute to the socio-economic development of their communities and the nation as a whole. With this vision, the Lemon Aid Fund was born as a Non-Governmental Organization seventeen years ago.

Dr. Nancy Peddle used the opportunity to sell the agenda of the organization in America so as to generate funds that were used to support various women network organizations in the country.

With the adoption of schools (Lilian Preparatory School, Beckley Preparatory school, Goshen Primary school, Joshua Community school, the Dele Preparatory School  and Dele International High School) a lot of demands now engulf the activities of Lemon Aid Fund to reach out to both the women organizations in the country and the schools.

According to Madam Brown, with the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the organization thought it prudent to assist the various sponsored schools with Veronica buckets, cholrine and other items that would halt the spread of this virus in the schools.

As the school is a centre for children from various backgrounds to converge, a lot of health modalities such as having chlorinated water in Veronica buckets at the entrance of these schools for hand washing and modern thermometers to check temperature have already been put in place.

With the closure of schools and absence of funds, more so when fees are not available to run the Private Schools, Madam Brown made a humble appeal to the founder of Lemon Aid Fund to assist the staff and sponsored children with food items.

It was in response of this that the staff and pupils benefited from a consignment of one hundred and ninety bags of rice, oil, sugar, soap, tomatoes past, salt, water, and beans,

Receiving the items, Moses Turay one of the parents gave thanks to God for receiving the items at this particular time. He said it now came to them that they would receive such items from Lemon Aid Fund. He prayed for the founder and members, and hoped that more could be done by the philanthropists in assisting this organization.

On a placard, the staff of Beckley Preparatory School wrote even though they are stressed, they love and appreciate the humanitarian gesture demonstrated by Lemon Aid Fund.

Similar messages were said by all the beneficiaries who went home smiling.

 

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