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First Lady Welcomes Sierra Care Boss

At her Presidential Lodge office in Freetown, Mrs. Sia Koroma, the graceful First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, on Monday 13thJuly, 2009, took a time off her eventful to-do list to welcome Mr. David Kessebeh, Executive Director, Sierra Care Incorporation based in Texas and Alhaji Jusu Jaka, President, Sierra Leone War-Wounded and Amputees Association.

Alhaji Jaka, Mrs. Sia Koroma, David Kessebeh

In her own words, Mrs. Koroma applauded the strides that Sierra Care has taken to alleviate the agony and pains of amputees in Sierra Leone over the years. “ I am impressed at the work the organization is doing and I encourage you to do more in order to make life meaningful for them” She went on further to say that, “My heart is a hundred percent behind you because this group of war victims is the most vulnerable in our society today”.

Over the years, whilst some First Ladies in Sierra Leone have been dormant, others held a highly visible yet undefined position in government. Based on the several projects and activities that we have seen Mrs. Sia Koroma undertakes, it is obvious to all and sundry that she has chosen to fulfill this unique role in a way that will impact the average man on the street even long after she is gone. It was no brainteaser when she hastily opens her heart to Sierra Care Incorporation.
The role of the first lady has evolved from fashion trendsetter and hostess of State House dinners to a more substantive position. While there have been diverging views on the roles of women in society, Mrs. Koroma is an effective advocate for social causes in Sierra Leone and clearly a role model for Sierra Leonean women.

Through her uncompromising endeavor and determination to give a voice to the amputees and war-wounded in Sierra Leone, the President of the association based in Freetown, Alhaji Jusu-Jaka, was immediately scheduled to meet with Dr. Ernest Bai-Koroma, President of the Sierra Leone soon – A case in point demonstrating her readiness to walk the talk.

Following this successful meeting with the First Lady was a donation of two soccer kits and a ball to the Amputee camp in Aberdeen. In attendance was the Press Secretary to the First Lady, Mr. Ayodele Cukobi Johnson, Alhaji Jusu Jaka and residents of the camp. In his address to the amputees, Mr. David Kessebeh reassured them that even if others have forgotten about their misery, Sierra Care would not forget them. He also made it understandable to them that the long-term goal of Sierra Care is to establish an occupational institution in the camp that will allow them to be industrious citizens once again. “ Now that the First Lady is ready to throw her support behind the organization, Sierra Care will continue to push beyond the almost ten thousand amputees whose lives it has touched.

In a similar development, Sierra Care added a feather to its management team on Sunday July 19th, 2009 when Mrs. Florence Kroma was unanimously elected as Acting Chairlady (Vice Chairlady) of the organization during the boards general election.. Mrs. Kroma, the eldest daughter of Mr. E.T. Kamara, former Secretary-General of the All People’s Congress Party, is married and blessed with four beautiful girls. She is presently the Administrator and Director of Nursing for MT. Zion Home Health Agency in Texas. She holds a Bachelor in Science (Nursing) and an MBA degree. The ebullient Florence Kroma is an accomplished prayer woman whose tenacity though tampered with modesty and love for Sierra Leone will help take Sierra Care to another level.

Mrs. Kroma (center) newly elected Chairlady
During her acceptance speech, Mrs. Kroma noted how pleased she was on the confidence the board had on her ability and stewardship but most importantly on the fact that she will use Sierra Care as a platform upon which her vast experience of navigating the cause of the helpless will be harnessed to its fullest potential.