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SEND foundation transforms the live of ebola Mysterious survivor in Kailahun Featured

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One of the mysterious survivors of the deadly ebola virus, Taiwa Sahr, age 19, is a mother of twin (Mattu and Agness Sahr) and also the daughter in-law to the Herbalist believed to have brought Ebola into Sierra Leone comes from Kpondu, a village bordering Guinea and Sierra Leone.

According to Taiwa, she was pregnant when her mother and father in-laws died of the Ebola Virus disease, from whom she got infected, and was taken to the Koindu Hospital, but was not given proper treatment, which forced her to run away from the hospital and returned to the village. 

“I later gave birth to female twins, Mattu and Agness Sahr who are now 11 months old” she said, explaining that having lost her husband, she returned to her parents’ house in the same village, where she became traumatised and lost hope in life, and kept on thinking about how to take care of herself and the twins.

Tamba has no professions and no source of income and her parents are unable to support her. She could not even starts farming because of the age of her children. 

According to her, she experienced a lot of uncertainties and unpredictable future as the social protection support from the Government did not benefit her. Only  the Kailahun Women in Governance Network/SEND Sierra Leone with supported her .

Through funds from OSIWA and Weitblick Germany, she is now supported together with other 259 orphans and 202 survivors in the District, and as part of the larger beneficiaries, she received food and non-food items including a mattress on which she and her children rest in comfort together with cooking utensil

For independence and resilience, Taiwa was supported with an initial capital of Le 1,000,000 (one million Leone) to enable her start a small business, as she now sells soft drinks, and other assorted items patronized by residents of the village. 

She informed the SEND Foundation team on their visit to her on the 22nd of May that, ‘I am now very happy, hopeful and confident about life. I was recently in Guinea to visit my uncle who was sick and one of my daughters, Mattu fell sick while I was there, but I was able to use the profit   from my business to take care of her medical bills. I did not get financial support from my parents. My business supported me and i am very happy I did it on my own” .

“When you first came to this village last year, you met me almost naked and you asked me to find something to cover myself. I was ashamed! Now you see me wearing full dress and my children are now well dressed. I bought all these from the profit I get from my business. Please ask Esther the Loan Officer for SEND what i have done; I have saved Le 250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand Leones) with the Credit Union which I intend to use in the future to support my children and to expand my business. I am grateful to the Kailahun Women in Governance Network/SEND, OSIWA and Weitblick Germany for helping me to be hopeful. See the way Agnes is now active!” Taiwa recalled.’

She now seeks support to enable her learn additional trade such as hairdressing to enable her be more resilient and independent, a situation that will be of immense help to other orphans and survivors who need to return to school, learn a trade or to engage in agricultural activities.

With US$ 24,917.52 and US$ 1,400 from OSIWA and Weitblick Germany respectively, The Kailahun Women in Governance Network/SEND supported orphans, survivors and foster families with food and non-food items, psychosocial counselling, and monthly stipends to Ebola Six (6) foster families, and sensitized over 3000 women across the Kailahun District. Two community radios educated the general public weekly about Ebola also with this support.

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