The Fifty Most Influential Sierra Leonean Women Award Committee on Thursday, 26th March, 2020, donated items such as Veronica Buckets, Hand Sanitizers, Dettol, Soap, Sanitary Pads, Toilet Roll etc., to inmates at the Female Correctional Center in Freetown.
During the donation and sensitization drive, the Chairman of the Award Committee, Mr. Edmond Alim .B. Fornah, who also doubles as the Executive Director of Kids Advocacy Network, stated that the donations and sensitization are part of their social mobilization strategy to prevent Corona Virus, raise awareness on its implications and contribute to safeguarding the health of the female inmates by concentrating on hygienic practices. He used this opportunity to call on Sierra Leoneans to work together to prevent COVID-19 from entering Sierra Leone, because if Sierra Leone becomes affected by COVID-19, the implications would be great on the wellbeing of Sierra Leoneans and our economy will be greatly affected, which will probably take years to rebuild.
Three Influential Women Award Winners: Hon.Dr. Bernadette Lahai, Mrs. Nicky Spencer- Coker Esq and Mrs. Philomina Yumkella were present at the handing over of these materials. They commended Kids Advocacy Network and the 50 Most Influential Sierra Leonean Women Award Committee for taking up the initiative at this crucial time and also for recognizing the important roles women are playing towards Socio-Economic, Political and Cultural development of Mama Salone. They further urged Sierra Leoneans to take all necessary precautions to prevent COVID-19. These awardees spoke on the measures government has been putting in place to protect citizens. They also emphasized on the seriousness of the pandemic and the reasons why we should practice social distancing, hand washing and avoid shaking hands.
Chief Superintendent, Irene Sesay, National Commander of the Female Correctional Center thanked the Committee for thinking about the Female Correctional Center. She stated that she has put mechanisms in place to protect all inmates from the virus. ” We have set aside new cells that we will quarantine new inmates in for two weeks before we put them in the general cells, ” She stated.
Lamin .F. Bangura, Staff Officer, Sierra Leone Correctional Service, thanked Kids Advocacy Network and the 50 Most Influential Sierra Leoneans Women Award Committee for the donations. He explained how pleased they were about such gesture at this crucial time; the organizers taking their time to support the female inmates with those materials, showed the level of love, commitment, and passion they have for humanity.