Fatmata Kabia poses with HoH-SL members in front of her house
By Ransford Wright
One of many disabled persons at risk especially during the Rainy Season is the proud beneficiary of a house provided for her by House of Happiness Sierra Leone.
According to the beneficiary Fatmata Kabia, she is overjoyed over the home accorded to her by House of Happiness Sierra Leone for her and her children to live after losing her husband several years ago and being forced to live on the streets as she was unable to continuing paying the rent after the death of her husband. In tears, she thanked House of Happiness Sierra Leone for the gesture and assured them that she would always observe health rules and will also ensure that her children attended school at all times.
Speaking to AYV about how they came to provide a house for Fatmata Kabia, founding member Lucy Farmer explained that they met Fatmata Kabia in Waterloo sweeping the streets, adding that when they interviewed her she informed them that she had several children; that her husband had been dead for some time and that she had been thrown out of the house because she could not afford to pay the rent.
According to Lucy Farmer, they investigated her claims and found out they were true “and so we decided to rent a house and we have paid for one year,” Madam Farmer said, adding that they will continue to be reaching out to Fatmata to ensure she is well-provided for in terms of medical, education for her children and in other areas we can assist in order for her to live a comfortable life.
It could be recalled that quite recently, House of Happiness Sierra Leone donated food and non-food items to dozens of disabled persons living on the streets of Freetown.
However AYV noted that the beneficiaries face several challenges including lack of place to sleep, lack of mobility and lack of sustenance as they are incapable of fending effectively for themselves.
According to founding members Aminata Timbo and Lucy Farmer, House of Happiness Sierra Leone is a non-profit charity organization that focuses on feeding the less privileged especially those that are disabled, homeless and below the average standard of living in Sierra Leone.
They added that the organization was formed by a group of young Sierra Leoneans living in Europe; due to the amount of news coverage they were hearing about Sierra Leone and the type of impact the Coronavirus was having on the citizens especially the less privileged.
The House of Happiness members, volunteers and representatives are currently working day and night to seek help from other sponsors such as Oxfam, the government and people from around the world to do more for the disabled persons across Sierra Leone.