22nd January 2018
Lebanese Members Donate Food Items to Struggling Blind School!
By Sheila Reffell (21/02/17)
The Sierra Leone Lebanese Community has continued its good gestures by donating essential food items to a struggling Blind School in Freetown.
The Lebanese Community in Sierra Leone, headed by its President Samir Hassaniyeh, donated food items to the Sierra Leone School for the Blind as a goodwill gesture geared towards ameliorating the food challenge which the pupils are faced with. (Pictured: Information Minister Mohamed Bangura posed with his Lebanese counterpart).
Reports say the items donated on the 15th February 2017, include 150 bags of rice, 5 bags of Irish potato, 5 gallons of cooking oil, 10 bags of onions.
Before handing over the items to the Principal and Members of the Board of the school, the Lebanese President stated that they are aware of some of the challenges which the school is facing, one of which is getting access to enough qualitative food and noted that since the pupils are residing on the school campus it is but very important that they are well fed.
He revealed that it is not the first time that they have render assistance to the school. The President further enjoined the pupils to concentrate on their studies and be respectful to their teachers underscoring that education is the key that unlocks many door.
President Samir also appealed to the teachers to exercise patience with the pupils encouraging them to impart quality education that will build the educational foundation for the pupils in order for them to pursue higher studies. Other members of the Community made similar comments.
Receiving the items, the Head Teacher of the school, Salieu Turay, expressed profound thanks and appreciation to the Lebanese Community for what he termed as a kind and friendly gesture saying the items will go a long way to make the pupils get access to good food.
He maintained that they are sometimes financially handicap to procure food ingredients to cook for the pupils at the boarding home and reiterated that the gesture is not only timely but very rich in content.
He also mentioned some of the other difficult challenges they currently face, like vehicle maintenance constraints, the fencing of the school compound and lack of enough dormitories to house the blind students.
The pupils of the school also thanked members of the Lebanese Community and rendered moving songs as a token of appreciation.
The Organiser newspaper is therefore calling on the Education Ministry, under the tutelage of the long serving Minister Dr. Minkailu Bah, to provide the basics for this blind school.