Afrimoney team at Susan’s Bay
In a bid to mitigate the suffering of victims of last week’s fire disaster at Susan’s Bay, Afrimoney, which is a subsidiary company of the leading mobile telecommunication company in Sierra Leone, Africell Mobile Company, has donated the sum of Four Hundred Million Leones (Le 400 million).
The donation, which was made on Tuesday, 30th March, is for all registered victims of the accident, comprising one Thousand Five Hundred and Ninety-Seven (1,597) households who are believed to have been directly or indirectly affected.
The Head of Afrimoney in Sierra Leone, Madam Massa Mayson-Dennis, described the fire incident as pathetic, adding that Afrimoney as a company felt the victims’ pains and therefore decided to give their support.
When quantified, said Mayson-Dennis, the fire accident has had an incalculable loss to victims and by extension to the entire nation. She added that women, children, the aged and the youths are mostly affected.
Each of the beneficiaries will be given a mobile phone with a registered AfriMoney Sim Card, through which their money will be sent to them.
Mrs Mayson-Dennis emphasized that all those who are registered will benefit from the donation, assuring that they will not leave anyone behind and that they will go strictly by the list provided to them.
“The money will be sent to all the fire victims through their Afrimoney account,” she said, adding that those that are not already Afrimoney users will be registered and provided the money into their new Afrimoney accounts.
Mrs Mayson-Dennis said that the National Response Team at Susan’s Bay would champion the process: the Office of National Security (ONS), Sierra Leone Police, the Community Chief and other stakeholders. She assured that the management of AfriMoney would monitor the process to ensure that it is transparent, free and fair, adding, their focus is for those that are affected to benefit from the donation.
On behalf of the victims at Susan Bay Community, Chief Alhaji Alimamy Koroma thanked the management of AfriMoney for the kind gesture. He described the donation as remarkable, adding that AfriMoney has demonstrated to the whole world that they were not only a company but philanthropists with a heart of gold. He went on to say that AfriMoney couldn’t be detached from Africell Mobile Company which have had an indelible success in Sierra Leone. He said that he has been an admirer of Africell Mobile Company for their humanitarian support in Sierra Leone, adding that since he was crowned as chief of the Susan’s Bay Community, Africell Mobile Company has been one of the institutions that have supported most of the developmental activities in their community.
Chief Koroma said that the donation will help to wipe away the tears of the victims, adding that the fire victims lost properties worth millions of leones. He added that what AfriMoney has given to them might not solve all of their problems but would help them to start up their lives again. He applauded AfriMoney for the kind gesture and thanked them for creating a transparent process that creates no room for fraud. The chief assured that he would monitor the process to ensure that his people who are the main beneficiaries benefit from it.
One of the fire victims, Mabinty Kargbo, in a joyous mood thanked the management of AfriMoney for coming to their aid. She noted that while no amount of money could solve all of their problems, what has been provided to them by AfriMoney will go a long way in catering for their future needs. She stressed that they needed to start afresh, adding that the money will go a long way in helping them to start up their businesses. She went on to say that AfriMoney has demonstrated to them that they care for them and she described the donation as timely and very important. She concluded by calling on other institutions to follow the good steps of AfriMoney and to create a space that will help them to start all over again.