Aunty Oprah rightly puts it: To move forward you have to give back! We started the second month of the year on a very high note and for that we are so very grateful to the Krio Descendant Union North East (KDUN), New Jersey.
On Monday the 1st of February, 2021, a representative from the KDUN donated a cartoon of hygiene kits which contained: napkins, deodorant (degree), toothpaste and brush, nail cutter and plaster. The box of assorted items was presented to the Asmaa James Foundation at their Bathurst Street Office.
Making the donation on behalf of the young adults was Mr Sigismond Ogoo who said that the items should have arrived since 2019, but due to the corona virus they were unable to ship them until now.
The KDUN comprises of young adults who thrive on giving back to communities and groups that are making impact in Sierra Leone, their usual beneficiaries have been The Library Board, King George’s Home and they frequently give out scholarships to students.
Mr. Ogoo stated that this was the intention behind their visit to AJ Foundation, the group came together to collect these items and priotized delivery so that these items will help young girls and others that Asmaa James Foundation has been helping. He said that the group has been following the work of The AJ Foundation, online and they were impressed with the work done and that is the reason why they said they needed to help in their own little way.
Mr Ogoo said they will continue to give support to those that needed them in Sierra Leone as they would always want to identify with the suffering mercies in the country.
He thanked Asmaa James for the job she is doing and called on her not to relent but to continue as she is making a mark in her own way in the country.
On receiving the significant packages, the foundation had present, the Founder: Mrs. Asmaa James, Jestina Maddie Boima: program coordinator and Mr. Mohamed Barrie: program volunteer. The team was so impressed and highlighted during their show of gratitude that these items were the daily necessities needed for good and safe hygiene practice of girls.
During the presentation, Mrs. Asmaa James said she was delightfully surprised and was very grateful to the young adults of KDU Northeast to have thought of their counterpart in Sierra Leone.
She said her organization has been working relentlessly to help prison inmates with sanitary pads, food and other items that are needed. ‘We have been working to help young girls that are vulnerable and those that have been raped’.
“These items donated would be of great importance to these girls and inmates as they have come the right time. The foundation really appreciates what these young Sierra Leoneans in the United States have done and we want to thank them and hope that this will not be the last, but the beginning of a fruitful relationship for the future.”
She said the distribution will be made and they will make sure that they report back to them so that they will see how it was done for accountability purposes.
Mrs. James proposed that these organisations stay in touch and proposed linking up the KDUN young Adults from New Jersey with some adolescents here in Sierra Leone. She said that they could serve as mentors, motivators and inspiration. The representatives of KDUN loved the idea and promised to look into it.