By Foday Moriba Conteh
In a positive light, Africell’s Brand Ambassador, Bernice Hawa, has stated that out of a very sincere and dedicated stance to support to enhance and boost education in the country, the company has extended helping hands to both the National School for the Deaf and the Milton Margai School for the Blind further underscoring how children are our future and so therefore we all need to pay more attention to their upbringing.
“Africell believes that education is the right of every child and no matter how tough it is nothing should stop these children from getting the right education,” she maintained.
The children with special needs from both schools had the chance to meet Ms. Bernice Hawa who presented the company’s donations to the schools which include food items and vital utilities and most importantly school fees covering the 2019/20 academic year for more than 90 children with special needs.
She expressed delight and gratitude to be part of the donation exercise: “Today is a bright day in my life .I am grateful to Africell for choosing me as the Brand Ambassador; bringing me to my very deep roots. Those children brought joy to my soul. They are ‘Afri-Soul’. I am very proud to have been given the chance by a company which is deeply committed to serving people, touching lives and making differences in communities. Every child has the right to education; that’s Africell’s belief. These children are the future of Sierra Leone and Africell knows that and is helping to make that future great,” she posited.
Accompanying Bernice was Osman Kamara from the ‘Be A Star’ show, an entertainment programme, hosted and supported by Africell. Osman was full of praise for Africell, “I have had many opportunities to showcase my talent, but the’ Be A Star’ platform was the biggest ever stage I have graced. And for that I say thanks to Africell.”
On behalf of the recipients of the donated items, Mariama Kamara, one of the teachers of the pupils with special needs expressed appreciation to Africell for the display of love to the pupils, adding that for decades now children with disabilities were not considered as important but with the timely move made by Africell the children are now aware that their lives do matter.
She appealed to the parents to embrace Africell as their dependable telecommunications service provider as that will put the company at a vantage position to render more support under its Corporate Social Responsibility.