Representatives of Joule Africa and Endeavor Energy led by the Country Director for Joule Africa, Mr. Patrick Olu Beckley has this morning 14th August donated a banker's cheque for the sum of $25,000 USD (Twenty Five Thousand United States Dollars) as their contribution to the National Emergency Health response against the Ebola outbreak.
The donation was received by President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House.
President Koroma thanked Joule Africa and conveyed his appreciation to their co-sponsors for offering support during these difficult times. “The country is at the moment overstretched financially and in terms of human resources. The appeal that we have made and the responses we are now receiving from institutions like you is encouraging,” the President said.
"I am here this morning with my colleagues, representing Joule Africa Ltd. of the United Kingdom and Endeavor Energy of the United States of America, co-sponsors for the development of the Bumbuna Phase 2 hydro-electric project," Mr. Beckley told the President. He also noted that their presence at State House was in response to the national emergency appeal made by President Koroma in May 2014 in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).
"Your Excellency, we are aware that the fight against EVD has overstretched our national financial, technical and human capacity to effectively respond, and if we are to halt its spread and eradicate it in the shortest possible time there is an urgent need for an immediate response by the national and international community," he said, and added that President Koroma has indeed proven that as Commander-in-Chief, when the lives of Sierra Leoneans are at stake, "you will respond in a timely manner to halt the spread of the disease in the country".