By Kingston S. Kolleh
The Mandela Washington Fellowship- Liberia on Tuesday, March 3,2015 donated two fabricated hand- washing tanks and chlorine to the Salafiya Mosque and the Salafiya Grammar School at the edifice of the Mosque on Front Street in Central Monrovia.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Sedekie B. Kamara, a Mandela Washington Fellow disclosed that the gesture is a collaborative effort between the Mandela Washington Fellowship- Liberia and the US Embassy near Monrovia.
He said that the program is President Barrack Obama’s initiative that supports Young African leaders who are privileged to be trained in Management, Leadership as well as advocacy and other disciplines so that they can inspire chance in their various communities.
“We are trained to come in our communities to help solve problems such as the Ebola virus Disease (EVD) that has killed our people,” he noted.
According to the Mandela Washington Fellow, the project is about USD$ 12,000 which he said initially targeted selected mosques that experienced huge population during their regular Juma Prayers. “ Since schools have now opened, we will also present some of the hand-washing tanks to selected schools,” he promised.
He continued that the idea of the donation at this time when the rate of Ebola cases seems to be reducing is to defeat the concept of complacency because he noted that it was the appropriate time to intensify the fight against the deadly virus.
As such, he cautioned the Imams, pastors as well as students and others to continue promoting the culture of hand-washing so that lives can be saved. As for the religious authorities, he admonished them to always preach anti- Ebola Messages to their people.
Fellow Sedekie stated further that the fabricated tanks will be distributed to Muslim Congress High School, Gurley Street Mosque, PHP Mosque including mosques in Bong, Nimba and Grand Bassa Counties.
For their part, Azric Amara, Principal of Salafiya Grammar School thanked the donors and assured them that they are going to make maximum use of the items.
He said they were cognizant of the effect of the virus so they will comply with the Ebola preventive measures, while Imam Salah Sheriff of the Salafiya Mosque noted that the Mandela Washington Fellowship was doing a tremendous job by training the Young African leaders who he said have returned home to work in the supreme interest of their people.
He then lauded the Young African leaders for their patriotism by coming back to their nativity to do what they are doing. Robert J. Tanookpuwah, Cultural Affairs Assistant, Public Affairs Section, US Embassy pointed out that the Mandela Washington Fellowship has been impacting young people so that they can realize their dreams.
As a result, he indicated that this is a classic example of what the Mandela Washington Fellowship is doing for Young African leaders.