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ON A MISSION: Pastor Faith Okrafo-Smart

IN AN attempt to raise money for African Ebola victims, UK-based charity Melqosh Mission International (MMI), run by Sierra Leonean Pastor Faith Okrafo-Smart is gearing up to launch its second Colour Purple International Week (CPIW) from December 1-7.

People across the world are invited to support the campaign by wearing purple during CPIW by posting pictures of themselves in their purple outfits on social media, using the hashtag #PurpleToStopEbola and then donating £3 or more.

Faith shared with Soul Stirrings her reasons for choosing the colour purple: “Purple symbolises royalty. I see our the beneficiaries, victims of the war in Sierra Leone, war afflicted amputees, orphans and widows as royals.”

“My charity initiated CPIW last year as a way to globally raise funds and help the poor, needy, neglected, rejected and abused.

She continued: “In 2013, our campaign centred around raising awareness and funds for women who had experienced or are experiencing domestic violence, rape and emotional abuse.

“Many of the female amputees in Sierra Leone were raped before their limbs were brutally amputated by rebels during the ten year war in Sierra Leone and through CPIW we rendered support to them.”

CPIW also seeks to highlight Ebola’s impact on poor communities, as well as raise funds for children orphaned by the Ebola virus.

Faith added: “As of last week, UNICEF reported that 7,000 children have been orphaned by Ebola in Sierra Leone. Some of these children are stigmatised as being cursed and have been rejected by their relatives.”

If Faith raises the necessary funds, the money will be used to fill a 40ft container with food and clothing to be distributed amongst needy Sierra Leoneans, and to finance the first phase of MMI’s planned orphanage project.

“Many people have responded to this year’s campaign. The ravages of the Ebola crisis is on the news on a daily basis.  

“Thousands of people have died in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea; consequently, thousands of children have been orphaned by Ebola.

“The infrastructures in Sierra Leone have completely crumpled. Through this campaign we aim to do our bit to rebuild the broken walls.”

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