First Lady feeds the needy -rice, sugar and cooking condiments to be distributed By Ibrahim Tarawall
Sierra Leone’s First Lady has commenced the distribution of food items worth over five billion leones to ten thousand needy households across the country.
According to Fatima Maada Bio, the gesture is part of her annual Ramadan feeding program which she has been doing for the past six years.
She said she decided to expand the scope this year to include non-Muslims and those in need in honour of her husband; President Julius Maada Bio’s birthday on May 12, 2020.
She disclosed that the distribution will covered the 16 districts of the country in a bid to complement the government efforts in cushion the challenges being faced by Sierra Leoneans at this trying time.
“We thought that it is important to continue to do what we have been doing in the past but this time in a different scale because of the COVID-19. Our target for start is to be able to feed 10,000 households across Sierra Leone,” she said and noted that the National Food Basket project will be a long term venture to feed thousands of Sierra Leoneans across the country.
She emphasized that the funds use to purchase the food items was not from the government but members of the Julius Maada Bio Women’s Wing both at home and abroad to celebrate the life of the president.
“The distribution of the food items has no condition attached to it. People don’t need to belong to the SLPP to have it. We are doing this not to score political gains but to feed those that need it most,” First Lady Bio noted.
She disclosed that each household will received a bag of rice, sugar and cooking condiments.
Also, the First Lady disclosed that a total of 70,000 face masks will be distributed, targeting okada riders, market women, taxi drivers and disable groups, among others to help prevent them from COVID-19.
“Nobody will wish to contract the COVID-19 but we should not treat those that have it like a criminal. This virus is our greatest enemy across the world. So please let us continue to mask up at all times,” she urged.