Jamil and Nyanga Jaward Foundation answers the 05/11 humanitarian call
Jamil and Nyanga Jaward Foundation is the first NGO to mobilise its team to the Wellington community after the fire. The team provided emotional support to those affected by the disaster, assisted with the clean-up operations, and met with some of the affected people of Wellington to comfort them following the dreadful tanker fire incident on the 5th of November, 2021.
According to the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), the incident is classified as a level 2 disaster because of its severity. It left over 100 people dead, dozens hospitalised, and massive property losses.
JNJ Foundation embarked on a three-day humanitarian exercise to show solidarity to the PBM Wellington community. The goal is to reach out to the bereaved and affected and help with the clean up of the community. The foundation staff visited members of the community who lost their loved ones as a result of the horrendous incident and supported the people to clean up the debris and rubbles left by the fire. The project commenced on the 8th of November.
The non-governmental organisation pursues Christ's mission of assisting the poor and needy. Over the years, the foundation has undertaken numerous humanitarian campaigns ranging from supporting widows and orphans to educating underprivileged children. "We rise by lifting others", the foundations' tagline, has been the driving force for all the initiatives of the organisation.
Mrs Elizabeth Frazer, Admin Officer of the foundation, stated that "as an organisation, we share the grief of the people, and we mourn with them as this is a great loss to the country as a whole."
"May God continue to elevate the foundation; your presence means a lot to us. We appreciate you." These are the words of Mr Kalokoh, who lost his younger brother during the fire incident. Philip Kalokoh (deceased) just completed his secondary school education, awaiting to be enrolled in University. His death will be unforgettable to his family and the community as a whole.
Mohammed Lamin Mansaray, owner of a relaxation centre around the PMB axis in Wellington, thanked the organisation for their intervention, even as they cleaned up what was left of his business.
Hassanatu Koroma, a foundation staff member, expressed that the community's welcome lifted her spirits even as she grieved the loss of family members lost in the fire incident. The community welcomed them with open arms and appreciated their efforts. She prayed that they heal from the trauma and that such never repeats itself in our beloved country.
According to the councillor of the Wellington community, Arthur Mansaray, he was touched by the humanitarian gesture of the organisation. He noted that the JNJ foundation was the first charity organisation to intervene in the community after the fire incident. He also expressed appreciation to the organisation on behalf of his community and urged them to continue the excellent work.