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‘Partnering to Serve Humanity’ Consortium Boosts School Feeding

To complement Government’s efforts towards enhancing and sustaining the National School Feeding Programme in the country, Partnering to Serve Humanity Consortium, comprising Tzu Chi Foundation, Healey International Relief Foundation, Lanyi Foundation and Caritas -Freetown on Friday 24th April, 2020 donated 6,000 bags (10 Kilograms each) of rice to the Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary School Education (MBSSE) at the Caritas Head Office in Freetown.

Making the presentation on behalf of the Consortium, Caritas (Freetown) CEO, Rev. Fr. Peter Konteh said handing over 6000 bags of Rice to the Ministry in support of the National School Feeding Initiative was symbolic and timely.

The Reverend Father stated that over the years, the consortium has been working assiduously to support the Government and the people of Sierra Leone through diverse programs and initiatives.  He said this time also, they felt humbled to support the National School Feeding Program as part of especially serving the less privileged in society.

He underscored the need for the young to grow well through good nourishment, which is why they decided to support the Ministry with the bags of rice. He applauded the government for implementing the Free Quality Education program.

Also to make a short statement was Madam Philomena Yumkella, Lanyi Foundation CEO who noted that the venture was no misplacement as they have been promoting education since. She said in addition, her organisation has been able to renovate schools and provide financial supports to pupils across the country. “That is why we decided to joined the consortium as we have been supporting education in the country.” She extended appreciation to Tzu Chi Foundation for providing the bags of rice.

Tzu Chi Foundation volunteer and Programs Manager of Healey International Relief Foundation, Ishmeal Alfred Charles disclosed that in 2014, like many other humanitarian organizations, Tzu Chi Foundation responded to help the people of Sierra Leone when the Ebola scourge was consuming lives and threatening the livelihoods of people.

Receiving the items, Director of Admin for the National School Feeding Programme, Sorie I. Fofana expressed appreciation to Serve Humanity Consortium for the kind gesture, which he described as very timely.

He said the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the World Food Programme selected schools at random within the most food insecure and vulnerable chiefdoms in each district according to the comprehensive food security and vulnerability analysis that was undertaken in 2015.

He assured the Consortium that the Ministry would ensure that the bags of rice will be used for the intended purpose and will reach the targeted beneficiaries.

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