14-Day Hot Meal Program Wraps Up in Susan’s Bay Community


The Partnership to Serve Humanity Consortium, comprising the Tzu Chi Foundation and its partners, that is, Healey International Relief Foundation, Lanyi Foundation, and Caritas Freetown, has successfully completed a 14-day hot meal program on Sunday, May 26, 2024. This initiative provided food for over 1500 individuals and 320 households in the Susan’s Bay community.

Launched on Monday, May 13, 2024, the program aimed to alleviate the immediate suffering of individuals affected by the fire incident on May 2, 2024, in Susan’s Bay. Ishmeal Alfred Charles, the Programs Manager of Caritas Freetown and the in-country Manager of Healey International Relief Foundation, announced the official end of the hot meal program. He noted that, due to the appeals from beneficiaries for an extension, the sponsors are considering the possibility of continuing the program. He expressed gratitude to everyone involved, particularly the Tzu Chi Foundation, for making the program a success.

Annet Adama Kamara, Chairlady of Susan’s Bay Community and Slum Dwellers with Disability, conveyed her heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the Tzu Chi Foundation and its partners. She shared her feelings about the program’s conclusion, saying, “We have been struggling since the fire incident; it really breaks my heart that you’re leaving because I have so many mouths to feed.” She added, “Since you came, you have wiped away our tears, and for that, we are grateful.” Highlighting the economic situation in the country, she pleaded for the continuation of the hot meal program, explaining how it has provided essential support for her family.

The successful conclusion of the 14-day hot meal program underscores the impact of coordinated humanitarian efforts in times of crisis. As the consortium considers extending the program, the community of Susan’s Bay remains hopeful for continued support to help them rebuild their lives.

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