By Foday Moriba Conteh
As part of their continuous support to less privileged children, especially girls in Sierra Leone, Angels to Angels Sierra Leone, a non-Governmental organization has on Sunday 27th September, 2020 donated school items worth millions of Leones to 100 less privileged pupils across the country.
The donation exercises took place at Biz Bazaar in the East End of Freetown and at Timbo Drive, Borbor, in the Western Rural District respectively. The items that were donated items included Text and Exercise Books, Uniforms and Bags of Rice.
In her address to the beneficiaries, parents and guardians, Founder of Angels 2 Angels, Fatu Quinie Sesay, disclosed that the organization is a US based non-profit entity established by a group of visionary women with the avowed aim of providing educational opportunities for girls particularly in Sierra Leone and Africa in general. She noted further that her organization seeks to equip young girls with skills and tools that will empower them to put them at a vantage position to have a better and brighter future.
She added that the donation of the school items to the 100 less privileged pupils, mainly girls, is a fulfillment of the vision of the organization even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.
The Founder added that they are presently sponsoring over 100 girls across the country all of them in 46 different schools in Freetown, Bo, Kenema, Tombo and Makeni, also disclosing that Angels to Angels is striving to help break the cycle of poverty through education.
“A2A seeks to empower girls by providing them with educational scholarships and funding their educational pursuits in order to see them go through the primary school level which we have been doing for over 11 years now,” she intimated reiterating how they are keen to ensure that girls become confident to pursue their dreams and become role models for others to emulate.
She pointed out that her organization is aware of the fact that some the girls drop out of school at the primary school stage before proceeding to the secondary school level stressing how the chances of re-entering the educational system could be very slim.
She inspired pupils to take their studies serious underscoring how education is the key to success. “Education is a process of learning that one goes through in order to become somebody in society”.
Fatu Quinie Sesay, encouraged them to take the opportunities the organization has offered in order to achieve their dreams and become great people in society who will in return give back to society as she is currently doing.
She expressed her warmest appreciation to the United States of America Board members and other generous sponsors for their tremendous contributions they have been rendering saying such has made it possible to roll out their interventions in various communities in the country.
National Coordinator of Angels to Angels Sierra Leone, Saidu Sankoh, revealed that the donation of the school items to the beneficiaries was geared towards supporting them to pursue their education, furthering how they are doing so with the strong belief that such could be helpful to them especially at this decisive moment.
He admonished beneficiaries to make good use of the opportunity saying many other children want such an opportunity also underscoring that education is the key to success and they should take their studies serious, adding that with education they will achieve their dreams and become great people in society.
He ended by admonishing parents to be aware of their roles and responsibilities towards the development of their children; underscoring that they have pivotal roles to play towards the growth of their children. In that regard he encouraged them to monitor their children’s activities.
Fatmata Conteh, a beneficiary thanked Angels to Angels Sierra Leone and the USA membership Board for the kind gesture which she graciously said was not only important but very timely in the midst of COVID-19 in the country. She highlighted that as the reopening of schools will soon take place the gesture will ease the burden on parents to purchase school materials.
She called on other humanitarian organizations to come on board to support disadvantaged girls.
Mary Bangura, a parent of one of the beneficiaries, expressed her deepest appreciation to the organization for the gesture, adding that with the organization’s support it will lessen the financial burden on her.