Thanks for love and interest in our situation

Thanks so much for your love, interest and concern about our predicament in Sierra Leone.

Certainly things are not as rosy in this country as it was in normal times. There is a huge cloud of suffering hanging over us. People are desperately in need especially in Hastings. Businesses are not thriving well and hence most people are out of business.

Even our farmers and gardeners are restrained from active productive activities because of the fear of contracting the Ebola virus. Hastings is not having enough sensitisation on Ebola prevention as compared to other parts of Sierra Leone who have received food items, money and wash facilities to moderate their moderate their hunger and hardship and limit their movement so that they may avoid body contact.

No such privileges have ever been enjoyed by Hastings residents, not even the poorest of the poor and there are children in the community living in abject poverty. It must also be noted that more than 20 people have died of Ebola in Hastings.

Who will care for their children left behind?

Our health centre is poorly equipped and health workers cannot risk touching patients without the proper protective gear. Thus, sick people within the village and its environs are seriously deprived.

In the area of education both children and teachers are feeling the pinch. Even though the ministry of education is holding teaching programmes on radio and television for children of all categories, how many homes in Hastings can afford these facilities? How many can afford electricity supply? It’s quite a big problem.

As a result of this indefinite staying at home some of our children have been pregnated. Some other girls do petty trading to feed their homes. As for our teachers they stay home doing nothing because they are not allowed to take private classes.

Teachers in government schools are paid for now but private schools are finding it difficult to pay their teachers. Out of my monthly salaries, I have been paying the school’s watchman for the past five months. Prices of basic food commodities have been more than doubled because of the scarcity posed by the Ebola crisis.

It’s really tough to survive under this strange climate, especially when you are the sole provider for your family. Rumours are circulating that the government will stop paying teachers by the end of December. I don’t know how true that rumour is. We aren’t forbidden to attend church services except during lockdown. God bless.

Sylvanus Campbell

Hastings

Sierra Leone