In a bid to help cushion the health and economic impact of COVID-19 in the environment and sector where Masada operates, the Management of Masada has donated food items and boxes of approved N95 disposable face masks worth over Le 40,000,000 to various small-scale waste management enterprises and other individuals in Freetown on Friday 22nd May 2020.
Food items such as rice, oil, onions and Maggi seasoning cubes were distributed on a first come, first serve basis.
The event was organized in full compliance with the preventive measures indicated by the health authorities to avoid direct contact with the beneficiaries. The food items and face masks were placed in packages and distributed at different time intervals to avoid crowding at the scene of distribution.
The beneficiaries included the following:
- Small-scale waste management enterprises using tricycles in the Freetown municipality
- Some residents of the Black Hall Road Community
- Waste operatives at the Granville Brook and Kingtom dumpsites respectively
- Masada staff
Speaking to the press in an interview, the Chief Executive Officer and Principal owner, Gibril Wilson and the National Project Manager and Partner, Ami Dumbuya, intimated that the company is aware of the adverse effects the COVID-19 has brought upon Sierra Leoneans and therefore extends a helping hand in this moment of need.
As a major player in the waste management sector, Masada is also aware of the threats that the small-scale waste management enterprises are exposed to in their bid to earn their honest living whilst at the same time contributing to the improvement of sanitation in the city.
This gesture is also meant to register the company’s resolve to work with small-scale waste management enterprises to address the waste management needs of the Freetown municipality.
Saidu Kamara the Managing Director for Lester Road Waste Management Cooperative Society was among the beneficiaries, he thanked Masada management for the laudable gestures.
He pointed out that food and safety during this pandemic is a big challenge for them, but the timely intervention of Masada has helped in easing that.
With these items donated, the waste management youth groups were motivated and poised to dispense their duties with the necessary precautions that are required to safeguard them from contracting the corona virus.
Masada believes that if the public complies with the pieces of advice given by the health authorities in maintaining social distancing, regular washing of hands, putting on of face masks, avoid touching the face, eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and covering coughs and sneezes with bent elbow, etc. the fight against this global health threat will be won.