The organization has over the years given different supports to women and children ranging from skills training, educational support and start up kits for vulnerable children and women. Speaking about the project, the program manager for Development Initiative Felix Bangura said the project is meant to create a temporary home for 500 orphans and vulnerable kids across four districts and will elapse for two years. He went on to say that they are working with ministry of social welfare and Sierra Leone Ebola survivors to create a space for these children until they are unified with their parents or adopted. He said the organization has already supported 250 Ebola and mudslide survivors with skills training, 50 women’s group with village savings and loan schemes, 300 children in vulnerable communities with school materials for two years which is the first phase of the integrated Ebola and Mudslide/flooding recovery intervention project. The home care centre has nine apartments that can accommodate 90 children but Mr. Bangura said they will not be taken at the same time but rather will serve as a waiting place for them until they are reunified stating that they would have catered for five hundred children in two years’ time before the project ends.
Commissioning the center, the Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s affairs, Baindu Dassama commended Development Initiative Program for creating a safe space for vulnerable children especially Ebola and mudslide children who are yet to see their parents stating that it a good initiative. She commandeering the founder Hawa Bangura for complementing the effort of the ministry and called on parents to take care of their children. The Resident minister North West Haja Isata Abdulai Kamara praised the gesture and advised that the care givers who will be responsible for the children should do that in a professional manner. Indigenes and Ebola survivors also commended development Initiative Programme for such a project in Portloko.
She is to continue her secondary education at Alharkan Islamic Secondary School in Makeni.
Fatmata Kuyatteh is the Headmistress of Kadiatu Conteh and she confirms that her pupil will emerge as the best candidate for this exams – as her performance during the last Mock Final was satisfactory, she added.
By September, this pupil will be in her white shirt and black trousers if she makes it up in this exams.