FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The people of Sierra Leone suffered a massive mudslide on Aug. 14, and the people of Franklin are being called on to help with some much-needed support.
More than 1,000 people are said to be dead by local leaders, according to reports.
President of the Franklin Township Interfaith Council, Dr. Alex Kharazi hosted delegates from Sierra Leone at the Masjid-e-Ali Mosque, to appeal to its members for help. Kharazi stated he coordinated with the Phil Kramer, the mayor and the Head of the West African Community Foundation, Foday Mansarray to get the people of Sierra Leone the assistance they need.
"We want to appeal to you to give us your support," United Nations Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone, Amadu Koroma said. What ever you give is not little, whatever you give will be helpful."
Koroma, stressed the need for money, housing supplies, food, and medicine for the victims of the mudslide. He also discussed how the collection efforts will be very transparent, and all of the donations will be published so everyone will know who has provided assistance.
Mansarray says Franklin Township has the highest concentration of Sierra Leonians in America. Mansarray contributes this to the schools, community acceptance, and proximity of the township to major cities.
Masjid-e-Ali and the East Franklin Fire Department will act as drop-off points for donations.
Kharazi also made a plea to members of Masjid-e-Ali to help and said, "when someone comes to us for help we can't say no." Kramer also discussed how he and his wife will be donating items as well.
Cash donations can be made by clicking the link below:
The Office of National Security for Sierra Leone is requesting the following items to help the victims of the Freetown landslide disaster:
- Hygiene Kits
- Mosquito nets
- Anti-Malaria medications
- Heavy Duty Gloves
- Megaphone batteries
- Solar Lights
- Incentives for Volunteers
- Bagged rice
- Water purifiers
- Face masks
- Protective Overalls
- Camp Beds
- Toiletry Kits
- Packets of Sanitary Towels
- Cooking Oil (gallons)
- Bags of Pulses
- Psycho-social support counselors
- Pick axes
- 10,000 Litre Storage Tanks
- 50kg Chlorine Kegs
- Household Water Treatment Systems
- Dewatering Machines for Contaminated Wells
- Full sets of water quality testing instruments and reagents
- Vehicles for water quality testing and monitoring
- Sewage emptying trucks
- Veronica Buckets (portable handwashing stations)
- Stationary kits
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